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There are many different kinds of wild yams. Some are edible, while others are used medicinally as an herbal remedy. Wild yam is often promoted as a natural alternative to hormone replacement therapy for menopause; it is also claimed to be useful for increasing energy, enlarging the breasts, and treating conditions such as osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
 
Before you take this supplement, information concerning the safety of wild yam should be thoroughly reviewed. Wild yam seems to be relatively safe for many people, especially when used appropriately. However, it is important to know that herbal supplements can be marketed in the United States without any proof that they are either safe or effective. Some people may be more likely to experience problems due to wild yam. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking it medicinally if you have:
 
  • A blood clotting disorder
  • A hormonally-sensitive condition, such as:

 

 
  • Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
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(Click Wild Yam for more information, including how wild yam works and more details on the product's effectiveness and safety.)
 
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