Bitter Yam

How does Bitter Yam work?

Bitter yam contains chemicals that might lower blood sugar levels. However, bitter yam has not been studied in people.

Are there safety concerns?

Wild, uncooked bitter yam can be UNSAFE to eat or take by mouth as medicine. It contains chemicals that can be poisonous and cause seizures. Bitter yam also contains chemicals similar to the prescription drug digoxin (Lanoxin). These chemicals could cause a dangerously irregular heartbeat.

There isn't enough information to know whether the forms of bitter yam that are raised by farmers are safe to use as medicine, even though these forms are more likely to be free of poisonous chemicals.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of bitter yam during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


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