Researchers from the Department of Pharmacognosy, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, led by J. O. Olayemi and E. O. Ajaiyeoba have said that the tuber of yam (Dioscorea esculenta) may provide a possible source for the discovery of anti-inflammatory agents (pain killers) without the adverse effects associated with the use of aspirin and other non-steroidal anti- inflammatory drugs.
They evaluated the defatted methanol extract of Dioscorea esculenta tuber for anti-inflammatory properties in animal model using Wistar rats.
Dioscorea esculenta is an edible tuber found in Nigeria, China, Mexico and some other parts of the world. The tuber is a staple food in most parts of West Africa including Nigeria. Click here to read more.