The freshly obtained tuberous roots of wild yam (Dioscorea villosa) harvested soon after the flowering season of the plant are used to prepare the homeopathic remedy dioscorea. The dug up roots are cleaned, chopped into fine pieces and steeped in alcohol to obtain the mother tincture of dioscorea, which does not retain any trace of the original substance.
Wild yam and the homeopathic remedy dioscorea prepared from the roots of the plant are thought to be useful for the endocrine system. This homeopathic remedy is helpful in regulating the female system, especially when they endure menstrual and menopausal problems. In addition, dioscorea is very effective in treating infertility among women. When Dioscorea Villosa is used in combination with dandelion and chaste berry, wild yam is very effectual in curing morning sickness, especially in pregnant women. The homeopathic remedy dioscorea has a notable action in curing several types of pains, particularly colic, harsh affections of the abdominal and pelvic organs. In addition, this medication is also useful in treating flatulence. Such pains are similar to those of neuralgic and dioscorea is an effective medication for alleviating the problems. In fact, colic pains worsens when the patient bends forward or they are lying down and the symptoms improve when the patients are standing straight or bending backwards. Often people enduring violent spraining colic which takes place in convulsions something like the intestines were seized and entwined by someone with powerful hands. In addition, the patients also experience a riveting pain in the region of the umbilicus or the navel. The homeopathic remedy dioscorea is also beneficial for people having poor digestion, people who endure flatulence following any meal and those who drink plenty of tea. In such cases of colic pains, the tenderness spreads out from the abdomen to the back, arms and chest. The pains also abruptly move to different parts of the body and even affect the terminal areas, such as the fingers and toes. In homeopathy, dioscorea is also prescribed for treating gallbladder stone as well as renal colic. In addition, this homeopathic remedy also facilitates providing relief from rheumatism, lumbago (tenderness in the lower or lumbar region of the back or loins) and sciatica. In such cases, the ache travels rapidly down the thighs. In fact, the pain is more on the right side and the condition improves when the patient is in a completely still position. Turning to the homeopathic remedy dioscorea not only helps to cure the basic problem, but also provides relief from the associated symptoms. As aforementioned, people enduring colic pains often experience grasping pain in the abdominal region around the navel or umbilicus. They also experience brutal drawing colic accompanied by convulsions at regular intervals, something like the intestines being gripped and entwined by a strong person with powerful hands. The homeopathic remedy dioscorea is essential as well as beneficial for women who have endometriosis (presence of endometrium in areas in addition to the lining of the uterus) and also suffer from uterine pain. Women who will derive maximum benefits from this homeopathic remedy are those who experience great pain while bending their back. Such type of pains have a tendency to become more intense when they are lying down in certain positions, which actually differ from one individual to another. In addition, using wild yam as a medicine helps to reduce the presence of triglycerides in the system by lowering the cholesterol absorption.
Dioscorea villosa or wild yam, which forms the basis for the homeopathic remedy dioscorea, is basically a species of twisted vines having tuberous roots. This species is indigenous to North America and is found growing naturally in this continent. Wild yam is highly regarded for its therapeutic properties, especially the saponins resembling steroids enclosed by its tuberous root. These saponins may be chemically transformed into progesterone contraceptive as well as cortisone (a steroid hormone of the adrenal cortex). Wild yam is a perennial plant that is found growing naturally all through half of the eastern expanse of North America. This species is a low creeper that grows well on average to poor soils and requires plenty of sunlight to flourish.