Yucca - Yucca Spp.

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This Yucca (Yucca spp.) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA. The expanded 3rd edition materia medica, and additional herbal tidbits are also available as a kindle ebook at Amazon and details on this e-book are here.

Yucca - Yucca spp. in the Agavaceae family

Part used: Root.

Taste/smell: Astringent, slightly acrid, soapy.

Tendencies: Cooling.

Dosage: Infusion: 1 teaspoon per cup of water, infused 25 minutes; or 1:3 dry strength liquid extract: 10-50 drops 1-4 times per day.

Use: (a) Antispasmodic, (b) Anti-inflammatory.

This herb is commonly used for both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It is believed that Yucca may work on arthritis by correcting the balance of intestinal bacteria, eliminating bad bacteria and normalizing good bacteria, leading to a reduction in inflammation. The saponins of some species also have been shown to reduce protozoa in the gut and ammonia formation.

Contraindications: Yucca is contraindicated in pregnancy unless used under the guidance of a qualified health professional.

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