- What other names is Bitter Yam known by?
- What is Bitter Yam?
- How does Bitter Yam work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Bitter Yam.
People take bitter yam for diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), stomach pain (colic), menstrual disorders, and schistosomiasis. Schistosomiasis is a disease caused by parasitic worms.
Be careful not to confuse bitter yam (Dioscorea dumetorum) with wild yam (Dioscorea villosa) or air potato (Dioscorea bulbifera). All three are sometimes called bitter yam.
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- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
- Stomach pain (colic).
- Menstrual disorders.
- A disease caused by parasitic worms called schistosomiasis.
- Other conditions.
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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.
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.
Bitter yam contains chemicals similar to the prescription drug digoxin (Lanoxin). Taking bitter yam along with digoxin (Lanoxin) might increase the effects of digoxin (Lanoxin) and increase the risk of side effects. Do not take bitter yam if you are taking digoxin (Lanoxin) without talking to your healthcare professional.
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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011