Wild Yam Products
Wild Yam is a member of the Dioscorea family of plants which has about 600 different species in its genus. Indigo Herbs has two Wild Yam products; Wild Yam Tincture and Wild Yam Powder. Both of these products have proven to be highly effective and have been made from pure grade A Mexican Wild Yam. You can also choose Wild Yam Capsules from one of our leading guest brands if that is your preference. Used as an ingredient, this plant has a history that stretches back to the time of Aztec and Mayan peoples. Following the wisdom of these cultures Indigo Herbs chooses the most effective natural botanicals to share with the world.
During the 1940’s, the scientist Dr. Russel Marker was searching for a plant that had hormone chemical properties and heard of an herb that was used by the Mexican Indians. His search led to the discovery of Wild Yam which contributed to producing the first contraceptive pill. Wild Yam is also used in Traditional Chinese Medicine although this strain of Dioscorea is completely different to the Mexican variety.
Wild Yam is native to Mexico and eastern parts of North America. It prefers partial shade and a sandy moist soil. This creeping vine can grow to a length of 15 feet with long heart shaped leaves that can get as big as 4 inches wide. The small, greenish-yellow flowers are produced in drooping clusters about 3 to 6 inches long (male) and in drooping, spike-like heads (female), blooming from June to August. From the leaf node Wild Yam produces a tuber like seed that are sometimes called ‘air potatoes’.