Wild yam has been used traditionally for more than a century for a variety of conditions and is typically found in the midwestern and eastern United States, but can also be found more south, towards Mexico. . Historically, Native Americans used wild yam for numerous purposes, and later shared the benefits of wild yam with the European settlers. Wild yam suffers a great deal of confusion due to its common name. Despite the name, it is not the same as the yams (sweet potatoes) you may find in the grocery store and is not the same as sweet cassava (a very specific type of wild African yam). Wild yam was heavily studied in the 1950's and 1960's, a time during which its benefits were just starting to come to the spotlight. Wild yam continues to be a favorite among people across the globe.
Wild yam is also known as; American Yam, Atlantic Yam, Barbasco, China Root, Chinese Yam, Colic Root, Devil's Bones, DHEA Naturelle, Dioscorea, Dioscoreae, Dioscorea alata, Dioscorea batatas, Dioscorea composita, Dioscorea floribunda, Dioscorea hirticaulis, Dioscorea japonica, Dioscorea macrostachya, Dioscorea mexicana, Dioscorea opposita, Dioscorea tepinapensis, Dioscorea villosa, Dioscorée, Igname Sauvage, Igname Velue, Mexican Yam, Mexican Wild Yam, Ñame Silvestre, Natural DHEA, Phytoestrogen, Phyto-œstrogène, Rheumatism Root, Rhizoma Dioscorae, Rhizoma Dioscoreae, Shan Yao, Wild Mexican Yam, Yam, Yuma.