Chinese Yam, also known as Dioscorea opposita or Shan Yao, has been used as a tonic in traditional Chinese medicine. It can be eaten raw, fried and in soups. It is not to be confused with other yams, such a sweet potato, as it is an ornamental vine, also known as the cinnamon vine.
One for the Girls
The yam is very beneficial for women. The root of Chinese yam is a natural plant-based estrogen which can help control estrogen in the body.
Chinese yam extracts are often promoted to women as a natural alternative to postmenopausal hormone therapy - it can even be a remedy for hot flushes.
The Chinese yam can also be used as a remedy for premenstrual syndrome and menstrual disorders.
It also contains lots of amino acids, as well as vitamin B-1 and C which benefit anyone who is feeling unwell or under the weather.
There are many different ways to take Chinese yam. You can eat it raw, bake it or boil it. It also works like other yams and can be mashed or fried. The most common way to eat yams in China is in a nourishing soup. The simplest way to take it would be in a tea.
Benefits may include:
- May benefit the kidney and spleen
- Can help the stomach, lungs and blood
- May assist with fatigue, digestion disorders, asthma and rheumatoid arthritis
- Can assist with estrogen control in the body
- May help with the common cold
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