Other names: Yucca glauca (Eastern) Yucca brevifolia (Western), Soap-tree, Soapweed, Soapwell, Soap Root, and Adam's Needle.
Medicinal Uses for Yucca Root
The medicinal parts are the leaves and the roots of non-flowering plants.
Native American tribes used the leaves of the yucca for treating numerous conditions, including psoriasis, dandruff, hair loss, skin sores and inflammation, including joint inflammation due to rheumatism and arthritis.
Tribes of the Southwest use the yucca's leaves to make yucca root shampoo and soap and other hygiene related items, including dental floss. In northern New Mexico, healers use a tea brewed from yucca leaves to treat asthma and headaches.
Even more recently, research suggests that yucca leaf extract may be useful in preventing blood clots.
Yucca root is a therapeutic anti inflammatory phytosterol with the ability to break up inorganic mineral obstructions and deposits.
Its primary uses are in pain relieving combinations for arthritic and joint pain, and sediment caused by inflammation such as gout, rheumatism, and cystitis.
It is also used to establish a flora balance in the GI tract and for asthmatic relief. Yucca root may have a laxative effect. Raw flowers are edible.
Folk medicine: The plant is used for liver and gallbladder disorders.
Eat yucca! Other names for culinary yucca are manioc or cassava. Just 1/2-cup cooked contains more than 2 milligrams of iron. That is 11 percent of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for women and 25 percent for men. Because it also contains large amounts of vitamin C (almost 21mg) the iron is much easier to absorb.
The vitamin C in yucca does more than help contribute to your iron stores. It is also a powerhouse vitamin that has been shown to help prevent heart disease, cancer and age-related conditions such as cataracts. Vitamin C plays a big role in forming collagen, the fibrous protein that keeps skin supple.
No health hazards or side effects are known in conjunction with the proper administration of designated therapeutic dosages. Intake can lead to stomach complaints because of the saponin content.
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