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Nom scientifique : Dioscorea villosa

Synonyms : dioscorea, colic root

Part(s) used

Root and tuber (dried)

Principal constituents

Steroidal saponins

Recognized therapeutic effects

  • Applied topically to relieve hot flashes due to menopause
  • Used as replacement therapy for estrogens and for the treatment of vaginal dryness due to menopause.

Please note: No scientific study has been carried out to support these uses

  • Relieves muscle spasms and cramps
  • Relieves digestive disorders
  • Relieves diverticulitis
  • Relieves menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea)
  • Relieves arthritic and rheumatic pains


  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Ovarian or breast cancer or history of hormone-dependent cancer in close relatives
  • Intestinal spasms
  • Obstruction or inflammation of the bile ducts
  • Liver disease (hepatitis, cirrhosis or cancer)

Drug interactions

  • None

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