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What are the benefits of Wild Yam cream?

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The main purported benefits of wild yam cream include relief of menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes or night sweats, although it has not been proven clinically effective for these symptoms, according to WebMD. In addition to topical creams, wild yam may be taken orally.

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Historically, wild yam was used as a natural remedy for a variety of ailments such as colic, inflammation, muscle spasms and asthma, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Modern herbalists recommend wild yam for treatment of various conditions including menstrual cramps, nausea, morning sickness and osteoporosis, although UMMC maintains that there is no scientific evidence that it works for any of these conditions.

Diosgenin, the chemical derived from wild yam, can be converted into steroids such as estrogen or dehydroepiandrosterone in a laboratory, which is why it is often touted as a natural hormone replacement therapy, according to WebMD. Although the chemical can be converted in a lab setting, there is no evidence that the same chemical reaction occurs within the body when ingested or when the cream is applied to the skin, leading doctors from WebMD and UMMC to agree that it is not an effective treatment for any of these maladies.

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