Dioscorea villosa

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Dioscorea villosa
Wild yam in woods - young plants.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Dioscoreales
Family: Dioscoreaceae
Genus: Dioscorea
Species: D. villosa
Binomial name
Dioscorea villosa
L.

Dioscorea villosa is a species of a twining tuberous vine that is native to and found growing wild in North America.

Creams and dietary supplements made from Dioscorea villosa are claimed to contain human hormones and promoted as a medicine for a variety of purposes, including cancer prevention and the treatment of Crohn's disease and whooping cough. However, according to the American Cancer Society, the claims are false and there is no evidence to support these substances being either safe or effective.[1]

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  1. ^ "Wild Yam". American Cancer Society. November 2008. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 

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