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Wild yam, colic root.
Key Uses:Neuralgic and colicky pains, especially in the gastrointestinal systemRenal colic, in men, associated with kidney stones, sharp pains radiating down the testicles and legs, and cold, clammy perspiration
Origin : Native to North and Central America.
Background : A traditional Aztec remedy for pain, wild yam was commonly used in Central America for colic and menstrual pain. It was also used in the production of the first contraceptive pill.
Preparation : The fresh root is dug up after the plant has flowered. It is then chopped and macerated in alcohol.
Remedy Profile : People for whom this remedy is most appropriate are prone to irritability, stress, and nervousness, and want to be left alone.
Key symptoms associated with Dioscorea are neuralgic and colicky pains, primarily affecting the gastrointestinal system. The pains are typically severe, cutting, cramping, and grinding, and radiate out in all directions from a central point that may shift location. They may affect the area of the liver, radiating upward to the right nipple. In women, the pains may occur during menstruation. In men, Dioscorea is typically prescribed to treat renal colic associated with kidney stones, sharp pains radiating down the testicles and legs, and cold, clammy perspiration.
Symptoms Better : For stretching out; for bending backward; for standing erect; for movement; for firm pressure on the affected area; for belching.
Symptoms Worse : For doubling over; for lying down; from 2 a.m. onward; for eating; for drinking tea.