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Common Name: Chinese Yam Root
Botanical Name: Dioscorea opposita; Radix
Chinese / Pin Yin Name: Shan Yao

Shan yao, also known as Chinese yam or Dioscorea opposita, is a tuberous root vegetable widely used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for its various health benefits.

Herb benefits, how to use shan yao

Health Benefits of Shan Yao:

Digestive Health: Shan yao contains dietary fiber, which aids in digestion and promotes bowel regularity.

Blood Sugar Regulation: It may help regulate blood sugar levels due to its low glycemic index and the presence of compounds that enhance insulin sensitivity.

Anti-inflammatory Properties: Shan yao contains dioscorin, a protein with potential anti-inflammatory effects, which may help alleviate symptoms of inflammatory conditions.

Immune Support: Some studies suggest that shan yao may enhance immune function due to its antioxidant content, helping the body fight off infections.

Weight Management: Its high fiber content can promote satiety and may assist in weight management by reducing appetite and calorie intake.

Who Should Use Shan Yao:

Individuals looking to regulate blood sugar levels.

Those seeking digestive health benefits or relief from digestive issues like constipation.

People aiming for a natural way to enhance their immune system.

Individuals interested in incorporating low-calorie, nutrient-rich foods into their diet.

Best Methods to Use Shan Yao:

Cooking: Shan yao can be steamed, boiled, roasted, or stir-fried and incorporated into various dishes like soups, stews, and stir-fries.

Medicinal Use: In TCM, shan yao is often dried and used in herbal formulations or brewed into teas for its medicinal properties.

Nutrients of Shan Yao:

Shan yao is a good source of:

Dietary fiber

Vitamin C



Vitamin B6


Herbs That Work Well with Dioscorea Shan Yao in Combination:

Astragalus: Often used alongside shan yao for immune support and energy enhancement.

Ginger: Complements shan yao in aiding digestion and providing warmth to the body.

Codonopsis: Another herb commonly combined with shan yao for its tonic and adaptogenic properties.

Goji Berries: Often paired with shan yao for their immune-boosting effects and synergistic benefits.  Goji Berry 

Dioscorea Dosage: Follow your doctor or healthcare professional's instructions for use. 
Dioscorea Precautions:
Do not use if pregnant or nursing. Should not be taken by itself when there is accumulated dampness in the abdomen.
While shan yao is generally safe for consumption, individuals with diabetes should monitor their blood sugar levels when incorporating it into their diet, as it may affect glucose levels.  Allergic reactions to shan yao are rare but possible. Discontinue use if you experience any adverse reactions.

Dioscorea Benefits & Information

Dioscorea is a traditional Chinese medicinal herb that is used to replenish the Qi and tonify the spleen. It provides botanical support to the digestive system and promotes normal body fluid levels. Dioscorea has antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and antiaging effects.
Dioscorea Properties: 
Neutral, Sweet
Dioscorea Channels / Meridians: Spleen, Lung, Kidney
Dioscorea Naturally Occurring Components:  diosgenin, saponin, choline, starch, glycoprotein, free amin acids, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin C, calcium, phosphorous, iron, protein



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