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Welcome to The Herbal Farm website. We hope to help you benefit from the wonderful healing properties of plants as well as guide you to using them safely and effectively. Herbal medicine is one of the most time-tested human traditions on the face of the Earth.

Herbal medicine has benefited millions of people for thousands of years.

Health is a gift that makes life worthwhile. Herbs can certainly help us along that path, but they should not be relied upon simply as a band-aid to fix a health problem. We encourage you to look deeply at the causes of illness and seek to live a healthier lifestyle whenever possible. This includes having healthy relationships, eating a wholesome diet, and exercising. We must also avoid the things that damage health, such as stress, smoking, exposure to pollutants, and an unhealthy lifestyle.

Provided in this website is information on how to use herbs, as well as herbal blends. Each herbal description includes contraindictions, such as dangerous side effects, to which you should pay careful attention. Many of the contraindications only occur in extremely large doses and would never be a problem with normal use. However, there are some plants that should best be used with professional counsel, and many should be avoided during pregnancy. In listing contraindications. Remember – just because something is from a plant does not mean it is appropriate for everyone to use at all times.

In Chinese medicine, different foods have different characteristics, described as energetics. We must admit that not everyone agrees on whether an herb is cool, cold or warm. As American herbalism evolves the use of energetics will become a more genuine and accurate part of our own healing tradition, with more agreement between herbal practitioners.

Even though some of the constituents of the plants are listed, herbalists usually prefer to use plants in a more whole form. We firmly believe that using the entire herb, with all of its components, is more effective and often safer than using any one component.


Latin Name: Dioscorea villosa

Alternate Names: Colic Root, Rheumatism Root, Chipahuacxituitl, Devil's Bones, Yuma, Rheumatism Root, Aluka (Sanskrit), Shan Yao (Chinese)


Parts Used: Root, rhizome.

Properties: Anti-inflammatory, Antirheumatic, Antispasmodic, Aphrodisiac, Cholagogue, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Expectorant, Nutritive.

Internal Uses: Colic, Diverticulitis, Dysmenorrhea, Flatulence, Infertility, Irritable Bowel, Labor Pain, Menopause, Muscle Cramps, Muscle Spasms, Neuralgia, Ovarian Pain, Rheumatism, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Threatened Miscarriage

Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, Capsules.
It is a mild diaphoretic. Diosgenin is a precursor to progesterone and was once used to make birth control pills. It is also made into steroidal compounds. It helps to normalize hormones after an abortion. Wild Yam reduces inflammation and moves congested chi.

Topical Uses: Eczema

Topical Applications: Salve for eczema. Recently, Wild Yam has been incorporated into a number of salves for women in an attempt to promote hormonal production.

Culinary uses: Dioscorea betada is a preferable Wild Yam to cook.

Energetics: Sweet, Bitter, Warm.

Chemical Constituents: Steroidal saponins (dioscin which becomes diosgenin), starch, alkaloid, tannins.

Contraindications: Avoid large doses during pregnancy unless so directed by a health professional.

Comments: The name Chipahuacxituitl is Aztec for Graceful Plant. This herb has been listed by United Plant Savers as an 'at risk' plant, so please avoid buying products harvested from the wild. Only use the cultivated herb.

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