Is Wild Yam Dangerous?
Warnings and precautions to be aware of concerning the safety of wild yam include the following:
- Because wild yam may have estrogen-like activity, check with your healthcare provider before taking it if you have a hormonally-sensitive condition.
- Theoretically, wild yam might increase the risk of blood clots, especially in people predisposed to such problems.
- As an herbal supplement, wild yam is not as closely regulated as prescription (or non-prescription) drugs. It can be marketed without any proof that it is either safe or effective. Do not assume that just because a product is sold or advertised in the United States that it is safe or effective. Be sure to look for wild yam products from a reputable manufacturer. Your pharmacist is a good resource for information about which manufacturers are most reputable.
- If you have a chronic or severe medical condition, it is always a good idea to check with your healthcare provider before taking any medication or supplement, including wild yam.
- It is not clear if wild yam is safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women (see Wild Yam and Pregnancy and Wild Yam and Breastfeeding).
There are a number of situations in which wild yam should not be taken, along with several precautions and warnings people should be aware of before taking the supplement. However, it is possible that not all the warnings or precautions were discussed in this article. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider about the specific safety warnings for wild yam that may apply to you.