Common Names: Aluka (Sanskrit Name), China Root, Colic Root, Devil’s Bones, Mexican Wild Yam, Pleurisy Root, Rheumatism Root, Shan-Yao (Chinese Name), Yuma
Scientific Name: Dioscorea Villosa L., Dioscoraceae, Yam Family
Common Uses: Analgesic, antibilious, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, emetic in large doses, hepatic, nutritive tonic
*Warning: Fresh plant may induce vomiting and other undesirable side effects. In using, do not confuse oriental tonic wild yams. Care should be taken when using this herb if there is an excess of mucous or congestion in the body. Avoid large doses of D. villosa in pregnancy unless under medical supervision; may be taken during labor.
Origin: Grows in the United States from Rhode Island to Minnesota, Florida and Texas.