Wild yam (Dioscorea villosa) is an antispasmodic herb commonly used to alleviate menstrual cramps and pain associated with menstrual periods, as well as menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and depression. Wild yam is also helpful with intestinal cramps and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The anti-inflammatory properties of wild yam may be helpful for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.
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