Wild yam root powder is obtained from a species of yam in the Dioscorea genus. Unlike some of its relatives, this species does not contain a viable form of diosgenin, as some manufacturers of wild yam creams and other products claim.
The powdered herb is usually encapsulated as a dietary supplement.
Wild Yam Root Powder, 1/4 lb
Wild Yam, also known as Colic Root, is a perennial vine with a long history of use by indigenous peoples of North and Central Americas. It is also poorly understood, even today. Although the plant contains diosgenin, a compound used to make the first birth control pills, it cannot be converted to progesterone without the assistance of a lab technician so it is not biologically active in the body.
The dried wild yam root is used to produce decoctions and tinctures, as well as infusions for topical use.