LATIN NAME: Dioscorea Opposita.


COMMON NAME: Chinese Yam.


Dioscorea Opposita is an ancient cultural plant of China and Japan. The roots are 60-100 cm long, deep in the ground. The stem is more or less angular, sometimes convolute, up to 9 m high, usually with a purple tone, with globular tubers in the axils of the leaves. Leaves are opposite, 4-7 cm long, ovate or triangular. Flowers are white, in solitary or paired axillary racemes, with a scent of cinnamon.


Dioscorea Opposita includes carbohydrates (starch and other polysaccharides), allantoin (one of the final products of the metabolism of purine bases in mammals), the amino acid arginine, the vitamin-like substance choline, enzymes, saponins, mucus, phytic acid, vitamin C.

ACTIONS: Chinese Yam provides tonic, restorative, immunostimulating, aphrodisiac effects on the body.

HEALTH BENEFITS: Dioscorea Opposita tones the spleen, lungs, kidneys; improves the work of the digestive and urinary system (pancreas, gall bladder, spleen, intestines, stomach, kidneys); improves the work of the cardiovascular system, lowers cholesterol and sugar in the blood, strengthens the walls of blood vessels; is used for rehabilitation after stroke and heart attacks, increases immunity, has a beneficial effect on the hormones and potency, regulates the menstrual cycle, removes the soreness and spasms of PMS, normalizes the body's condition in menopause, prevents the development of osteoporosis, prolongs the female youth.

INDICATIONS FOR USE: Chinese Yam is good remedy for poor appetite, mushy stool, diarrhea, cough with suffocation and shortness of breath, spermatorrhoea, leucorrhoea, frequent urination, thirst, bronchial asthma, dry cough, general weakness, emotional instability, diabetes mellitus, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatism, premature ejaculation in men, manifestations of menopause in women, diverticulosis of the intestine, headache, high blood pressure, angina pectoris, tachycardia, arrhythmia.

SPECIAL WARNINGS: Do not use during pregnancy and breast-feeding. It is forbidden for children. The plant is contraindicated for people who have the risk of blood clots and cancer.

SIDE EFFECTS: When the dose is exceeded, vomiting and nausea can occur.

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*This article is for informational purposes only. We suggest consulting with a physician before using these or any other herbal supplements.