Wild Yam Extract for production and administration of progesterone can be used to aid in the treatment of osteoporosis, menopause, PMS, candida, vaginitis and yeast infections, and other viral and bacterial infections which are related to hormonal instabilities or cyclic stages.

 

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WILD MEXICAN YAM

by Dr. Colette M. Dowell, N. D.

In collaboration with Shawn P. Kellerman
and Dr. Anita Millen, M.D.
Copyright 1997

          For all of the women out there who are experiencing the radical effects of hormonal changes and for all you men out there on the receiving side of all the manic and hysterical behavior of your loved one, there is help available. A natural alternative for supplementing estrogen. I researched various herbs. I found Wild Mexican Yam extract cream for topical application to be most beneficial. I want to pass this information on to all of those who suffer.  CMD

ON A SIDE NOTE: Dr. Colette M. Dowell has been practicing Natural Alternative to Allopathic Medicines for over 25 years. She was always into Natural Methods as a maturing adult having to deal with medical issues of her own and having to be responsible for her own recovery. She is highly enthusiastic about encouraging others to use Alternative Therapies, but only under the guidance of a Licensed Professional who has years of experience in the field and actual clinical setting. Dr. Dowell can be reached at CONTACT. She is available for part time consult and lectures.

          Despite the known side effects, prescriptions for the synthetic form of progesterone are still being handed out to women with menstrual problems, osteoporosis, and menopausal symptoms. In addition to fluid retention and salt build-up, synthetic progesterone is known to cause uncontrollable mood swings, irritability, nervousness and heart palpitations, not to mention blood clots and uterine cancers. Studies show that the synthetic form tends to have these effects because it is not 'real.' Many pharmaceutical companies manufacture a product with an altered molecular structure; as a result it no longer fits into the biochemical machinery of the body.

Today, women are discovering a safe, natural form of progesterone from which synthetic progesterone is prescribed.

          Growing naturally throughout Central America, the Wild Mexican Yam has been found to provide efficient benefits from botanical extracts. From the plant itself, we can extract a natural form of progesterone, an important bodily hormone. Extractions from the root of the plant are also used to make cortisone, a drug useful in the treatment of arthritis as well as a number of other diseases. Wild Mexican Yam's medical properties have been used for a long time by folk herbalists and pharmaceutical manufacturers. Daniel Mowery reported in "The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine," Keats Publishing, 1986, that throughout the 18th and 19th centuries wild yam was used to treat menstrual cramps and problems related to childbirth

          In 1936, it was discovered that a species of wild yam ( Dioscorea Villosa ) growing in the south of Mexico contained a chemical called Diosgenin, which is remarkably similar to progesterone. For a number of years following this discovery, Wild Mexican Yam was the primary source for the production of progesterone and other hormones. According to herbalist Rosemary Gladstar in "Herbal Healing for Women," Simon and Schuster, 1993, Wild Mexican Yam is "The most widely used herb in the world today." Over 200 million prescriptions containing its derivatives are sold each year. In women, administration of progesterone can be used to aid in the treatment of osteoporosis, menopause, PMS, candida, vaginitis and yeast infections, and other viral and bacterial infections which are related to hormonal instabilities or cyclic stages. Signs of deficiency of progesterone include various premenstrual symptoms, breast tenderness, irritability, fluid retention, depression, a tendency to form cysts in the breasts, ovaries or both, and fibroid tumors in the uterus.

It is important at this point to emphasize the difference between natural progesterone and synthetic progestins (progesterone-like substances), which are man-made compounds in birth control pills or with estrogen in the treatment of post menopausal women. They are not interchangeable.

          Progesterone is an important forerunner for other bodily hormones, such as cortisol, LH (lutenizing hormone), aldosterone, and estrogen. Supplements of natural progesterone will not create an excess of any of these hormones, as the body will only use what it needs to correct a deficiency or neutralize an excess in them.

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Image Egyptian antique jewelry gold silver pearls beads Collectors handmade and custom by Colette DowellMenstrual Cycle : If problems occur in maintaining a regular cycle prior to use, Yam Cream can establish normalcy after consistent usage over several months.

Menopause: Many women experience vasomotor flushes (hot flashes) following premenopausal hysterectomy, oophorectomy, and in the beginning of the natural onset of menopause. Yam cream has shown effectiveness in relieving these related symptoms.

Women in their sixties, seventies and eighties have reported excessively dry face, hand and skin wrinkles, prominent veins on the back of their hands, and an increase in the number of 'brown spots' after menopause. After using yam cream they noticed a marked improvement in the softness of their skin, recession of the veins, and the 'brown spots' had either lightened or disappeared altogether.

Pregnancy: In his book Natural Progesterone, Dr. Neils H. Lauersen, M.D. (an obstetrician at New York's Mount Sinai Medical Center), states that natural progesterone can be helpful in maintaining pregnancy. Not only is yam cream safe, but it is recommended for use from conception to delivery; applied mainly to the abdomen, breast, low back and upper thighs (where it acts as a toner to prevent the skin from stretching). Yam cream has also been shown to combat postpartum depression which many women experience after giving birth.

Yeast Infections: Yam cream supports all hormone-related activity in the body, acting to strengthen the immune defense system. It helps to correct the effects of candida albicans, the primary yeast fungus. Yam cream inserted into the vaginal canal has been shown to be successful for relief of vaginal and/or vulvar symptoms which accompany yeast infections (such as dryness, irritation, pain, itching and genital discharges).

Osteoporosis: Bone loss becomes most severe following menopause; when women's bodies no longer produce progesterone. Along with the other targeted areas described, Yam cream can be administered to the entire spinal region as well.

          Remember, natural progesterone should not be associated with synthetically produced hormonal drugs such as progestin or progestagen, which can cause harmful side effects, including hormonal imbalances, uterine bleeding, fetal abnormalities, and even the formation of cancer. There have been no published reports of any significant side effects from natural progesterone.

          It is highly suggested that if you would like to try Wild Mexican Yam extract as a form of natural progesterone, you should be under the care and recommendations of a medical doctor or a natural health care provider who has a relationship with your medical doctor or who can develop one.

          There are many products on the market for Wild Mexican Yam extract and it is important that you fully understand the product and application you will be administering. Fully check all of your resources and consult only qualified individuals for your progesterone management.  

Bibliography: 'Natural Progesterone: Is Estrogen the Wrong Hormone?' Barnard, Neal, M.D., "Good Medicine," Spring, 1994; 11-13 'Osteoporosis Reversal, The Role of Progesterone,' Lee, John R., M.D., "International Clinical Nutrition Review," July 1990; 10 (3): 384-391

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