These days, it's not uncommon for a woman to experience hormonal issues and these can be at various stages and for various reasons (PMS, menstrual issues and peri/menopause).
Often women will seek a more natural alternative to what a GP may recommend, as more and more women realise natural alternatives may be a better solution for them.
We are certainly not against HRT/MRT when necessary but we caution women to make sure that this is the right option for them as their are many contraindications (which we wrote about on our IG awhile ago).
A wild yam cream is a natural alternative to drug therapy as it is non-toxic and 100% natural. This type of product is popular amongst women struggling with PMS, menstrual issues and perimenopause/menopause.
What's Up with Wild Yam?
Wild yams (dioscoreavillosa) are an interesting tuber as they contain steroidal saponins (diosgenin) which has been said to influence endogenous steroidogenesis (the process in which cholesterol is converted/turned into steroid hormones).
Progesterone is a steroid hormone and whilst wild yam itself is not a natural progesterone nor does it contain progesterone, the fact that it contains diosgenin, this can convert cholesterol into progesterone. See this reference link here.
Though there aren't too many studies on wild yam and female hormonal balance, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence, all you need to do is speak with a woman who has used a good wild yam cream (that also contains Chaste tree and other useful ingredients), and you will have firsthand, someone who has greatly benefited.
Sometimes, anecdotal evidence is more powerful (in my opinion) as this is someone's lived experience with something. They can tell you how it helps them or didn't.
The key (as with most things in life), is consistency, using the right amount, in the right place and regularly.
I recently had a conversation with a customer about the wild yam cream that we are now stocking and she said it was the best thing she used to get her through the transition into menopause, here is what she said (in response to my IG story about the Anna's Wild Yam cream):
"That is a brilliant product it's all I used through menopause for about 3 years rubbed on my tummy morning and night never had a hot flash once in my meno it started about 47 lasted til 51-52 was smooth as and that's after having 7 kids" 😮
You can also find this conversation on our customer stories on our Instagram.
Again, whilst the studies are few, the anecdotal evidence is huge and Anna's Wild Yam cream is in such demand that there is often lengthy waits on getting more.
Even as I write this blog, we've only got less than 10 jars left and when they sell out, it may be a little while until we can replenish (through our supplier).
So if you're after this product, I highly encourage you not to delay your order.
It is selling out for a reason... because it works!
Chaste tree (also known as chasteberry) with scientific name Vitex agnus-catus), is another powerful natural healer and known to help also with hormonal imbalance. This is an important ingredient (as well as the wild yam) in Anna's Wild Yam cream.
In a Science Direct article, you will learn the effect Vitex agnus-catus (chasteberry/chaste tree) has on helping female hormones. They said:
"A randomized, double-blind, controlled trial of V. agnus castus compared with placebo was shown to improve hormone levels, facilitate the recurrence of menstruation in women with amenorrhea, and ameliorate pregnancy outcome in women with fertility problems"
So as you can see, these two ingredients can be very helpful for women looking to balance their hormones and overall wellbeing. When our hormones are happy, we are happier and life is more enjoyable (for everyone) 😊
I hope you enjoyed the article and consider this incredible product (under the guidance of your trusted health practitioner of course).
PS: the second reference below was very interesting, it said that "wild yam extract acts as a weak phytoestrogen and protects against proliferation in human breast carcinoma MCF-7 cells".
Disclaimer: the information in this article is intended purely as information and not health advice. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure and one should always seek expert advice from their trusted health practitioner.