Botanical Name: Discorea Composito
Common Name: Wild Yam, Collic Root, North American Wild Yam, Rheumatism Root, Yuma
What is Mexican Wild Yam:
Mexican Wild Yam is a perennial climbing plant with long, leafy, sinuous and twisted vines. Not to be confused with the sweet potato even though its fleshy edible roots look similar, Wild Yam is native to Mexico but is grown in similar warmer climates. It has been used by practitioners of traditional Chinese Medicine for over 2000 years.
How to Consume Mexican Wild Yam:
Mexican Wild Yam most often sold as a powdered herb, or as tinctures, capsules and liquid extract. It is commonly prepared as a tea by mixing 2 teaspoons of the dried herb into a cup of boiling water and can be enjoyed three times a day. In capsule form of the dried root, it is suggested to take 2-3 a day. Tinctures and extracts vary according to their strength.