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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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American biochemist Russell Marker discovered the process by which a substance known as diosgenin, an excellent raw material for making synthetic steroids, was extracted from Mexican wild yams known as barbasco.
Dioscorea villosa L, wild yam, family Dioscoreaceae
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