Wild Yam (Dioscorea villosa or quaternata)
July 8, 2012
There are many different species of this vine in the Atlanta area. But as far as I know, only the native species are usable medicinally. They are easy to recognize due to the whorled leaf pattern they make at the base of the vine, on display here.
We use Wild Yam for a variety of complaints in First Aid situations. It is a powerful antiinflamatory and antispasmodic to smooth muscle tissue, making it an important remedy for menstrual cramps and stomach cramps or even gall bladder spasms.