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Many people want to know if it's safe to take wild yam medicinally. Although the supplement appears to be safe for many people, you should talk to your healthcare provider before using it if you have a blood clotting disorder, a hormonally-sensitive condition, or any allergies. It is important to know that wild yam can be marketed without any proof that it is either safe or effective.

Is Wild Yam Safe? -- An Overview

Wild yam seems to be relatively safe for many people, especially when used in moderation. However, some people may be more likely to experience problems due to this product. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking wild yam medicinally if you have:
  • A blood clotting disorder
  • A hormonally-sensitive condition, such as:



  • Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
You should also be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
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