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Wild yam supplements are claimed to provide numerous health benefits, but do they work as well as claimed? The product is believed to be useful for relieving menopause symptoms, increasing energy and libido, and treating various conditions. At this time, however, there is no real evidence proving the effectiveness of wild yam for any particular use.

Does Wild Yam Really Work?

As with most herbal supplements, wild yam is claimed to be useful for a variety of different purposes. But does it really work? This article will address the effectiveness of wild yam for various uses, including:
  • Treating (or sometimes preventing) the following conditions:



  • Breast enlargement
  • Relieving menopause symptoms
  • Increasing energy and libido
  • Natural contraception (birth control).

Wild Yam and Scientific Evidence

At this time, there is no real evidence that wild yam really works for any particular use. In fact, one study of wild yam cream for menopause symptoms (hot flashes and night sweats) showed that it was not any better than a placebo.

Final Thoughts on the Effectiveness of Wild Yam

There is little high-quality evidence to show that this product really works for most uses. As is often the case with herbal supplements, some of the more outlandish claims about the health benefits of wild yam should be viewed with skepticism (or, at the very least, with caution) until more research is available.
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