Also indexed as:Yucca schidigera, Yucca spp.
Yucca: Main Image © Steven Foster
Botanical names:
Yucca schidigera, Yucca spp.

Parts Used & Where Grown

This desert tree grows primarily in the southwestern United States and is related to the Joshua tree. The stalk and root are both used in herbal medicine.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

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Yucca contains saponins, which appear to block the release of toxins from the intestines that inhibit normal cartilage formation. In doing so, yucca may reduce osteoarthritis symptoms.
Rheumatoid Arthritis
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Yucca, a traditional remedy, is a desert plant that contains soap-like components known as saponins. Yucca tea is often drunk for relief of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.

Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

Native Americans used the soapy leaves from yucca for numerous conditions. Poultices or baths were used for skin sores and other diseases as well as for sprains. Inflammation of all sorts, including joint inflammations and bleeding, were also treated with yucca. It is also reported that Native Americans washed their hair with yucca to fight dandruff and hair loss.

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