Yucca Root – Herbs For Alternative Medicine


The yucca root commonly used by herbal healers comes from the flowering yucca plant, a member of the lily family that can grow to heights of 40 feet or more. Yucca root is a therapeutic anti-inflammatory used in relieving joint pain.

The yucca root is rich in steroid-like saponins that elevate the body’s production of cortisone, possibly explaining the herbs reported ability to aid in managing arthritic pains.

No study to date supports the use of yucca root at the expense of more traditional and effective therapies in the management of arthritis.

Claims and Common Uses:

  • Potential usefulness in the treatment of asthma, osteoporosis, and inflammatory disorders
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Relieves joint pain due to arthritis and rheumatism
  • Acts as a blood purifier
  • Used to establish a flora balance in the GI tract
  • May have a laxative effect

Parts Used: Root and leaves


Can be cut up in water (1 cup yucca in 2 cups water) and used as a shampoo substitute or as a soap. Can also be added to shampoo.

Side Effects and Warnings of Yucca Root

  • May occasionally induce stomach distress
  • Long term use may slow the absorption of fat soluble vitamins such as A, D, E, and K.