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Vitamins and natural products
Major therapeutic interest
Other therapeutic interest / Traditional Use
Treating spasms and colic;
Relieving menstrual pain (dysmenorrhea);
Reducing arthritic and rheumatic pain;
Easing menopause-related discomfort: topical use of ointment (vaginal dryness, hot flashes).
Breast or ovarian cancer, or if close relatives have been diagnosed with hormone-dependent cancers;
Pregnancy and breastfeeding;
Obstruction or inflammation of gall ducts;
Liver disease: hepatitis, cirrhosis, cancer;
Protein S deficiency: risk of thromboembolic complications.
Roots, tubercles (dried)
Steroidal saponins (dioscine, diosgenine), phytosterols (beta-sitosterol).
Dioscorea villosa, Colic root
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