Material usesThere are no material uses listed for Dioscorea villosa.
The roots are anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, cholagogue, diaphoretic and vasodilator. They are also a visceral relaxant. This plant affords one of the best and fastest cures for bilious colic, it is especially helpful in treating the nausea of pregnant women and has been used to ease the pain of childbirth. It is also taken internally in the treatment of arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, gastritis, gall bladder complaints, painful menstruation etc. The root is harvested in the autumn and dried for later use. The root should not be stored for longer than 1 year, since it is likely to lose its medicinal virtues. Caution is advised in the use of the this plant, when taken fresh it can cause vomiting and other side effects.The root, harvested in September, is used to make a homeopathic remedy. Its main use is in the treatment of infant colic.
Basal stem cuttings in the summer. Division in the dormant season, never when in growth. The plant will often produce a number of shoots, the top 5 - 10 cm of the root below each shoot can be potted up to form a new plant whilst the lower part of the root can possibly be eaten[K].Tubercles (baby tubers) are formed in the leaf axils. These are harvested in late summer and early autumn when about the size of a pea and coming away easily from the plant. They should be potted up immediately in individual pots in a greenhouse or cold frame. Plant out in early summer when in active growth[K].
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Plants are hardy to at least -15°c. Plants produce tubercles (small tubers that are formed in the leaf axils of the stems), and can be propagated by this means[K]. A climbing plant that supports itself by twining around the branches of other plants. This is a polymorphic species, some botanists dividing it up into several species.Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.
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