Major therapeutic interest

Other therapeutic interest / Traditional Use

  • Treating spasms and colic;
  • Relieving diverticulitis;
  • 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.

Parts used

Roots, tubercles (dried)

Main constituents

  • Steroidal saponins (dioscine, diosgenine), phytosterols (beta-sitosterol).

Other names

Dioscorea villosa, Colic root