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It is the writer's purpose in this brief paper to call attention to dioscorea villosa, a valuable plant, but one that is seldom employed by reason of the scant literature upon its medicinal action. It is my hope that if the short clinical experience which I have had in the past continues to bring good results, that in the future it may lead to further and better investigations upon this remedy.
Dioscorea villosa, a plant which is commonly known as wild yam or colic root, is found in profusion throughout the Southern and to a limited extent in the Northern and Western States. Thirty years ago it was eulogized by King, of the Eclectic School, as a true specific for bilious colic, no other agent being necessary in this disease as it gives, he reported, prompt and permanent relief in the most severe cases. This statement has been repeated many
SHOEMAKER JV. DIOSCOREA VILLOSA—WILD YAM. Delivered in the Section of Practice of Medicine, Materia Medica and Physiology, at the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1889. JAMA. 1889;XIII(12):407–409. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401090011001b
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