wild yam

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wild yam

Herbal medicine
A perennial vine that contains alkaloids (e.g., dioscorine), phytosterols, steroidal saponins (e.g., dioscin, tillin, diosgenin) and tannins; it is anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, cholegogic and diuretic. Wild yam has been used for colic, menstrual cramps, morning sickness, threatened abortion, muscle spasms, rheumatic pain, poor circulation, neuralgia and urinary tract disease.
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Dioscorea batatas contains steroidal saponin, dioscin and phenolic compounds like batatasin I, II, III which are dormancy inducing.
Screening of some methanolic extracts of Korean herbal medicines for AChE inhibitors at 200 [micro]g/ml (n = 3) Plant part Inhibition Botanical name used (%) Acorus calamus (Araceae) Rhizome 53.7[+ or -]5.5 Acorus gramineus (Araceae) Rhizome 7.2[+ or -]6.4 Bupleurum falcatum (Umbelliferae) Root 24.8[+ or -]15.5 Dioscorea batatas (Dioscoreaceae) Rhizome 7.6[+ or -]13.2 Epimedium koreanum (Berberidaceae) Herb 47.5[+ or -]4.1 Poria cocos (Polyporaceae) Sclerotium 27.8[+ or -]9.2 Zizyphus jujuba (Rhamnaceae) Fruit 2.4[+ or -]2.6 Each value represents the mean[+ or -]SD Table 2.
Dioscorins, the major tuber storage proteins of Yam (Dioscorea batatas Decne).