Yucca (Aloe Yucca)
Adam’s Needle, Aloe Yucca, Arbre de Josué, Bear Grass, Dagger Plant, Joshua Tree, Mohave Yucca, Mojave Yucca, Our-Lord’s-Candle, Soapweed, Spanish Bayonet, Yuca, Yucca aloifolia, Yucca angustifolia, Yucca arborescens, Yucca brevifolia, Yucca filamentosa, Yucca glauca, Yucca mohavensis, Yucca schidigera, Yucca whipplei.
Yucca is a tree. The root of the non-flowering plant is used to make medicine.
Yucca is used for osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, migraine headaches, inflammation of the intestine (colitis), high cholesterol, stomach disorders, diabetes, poor circulation, and liver and gallbladder disorders.
Some people apply yucca directly to the skin for sores, skin diseases, bleeding, sprains, joint pain, baldness, and dandruff.
In foods, yucca is fried like potatoes.
In manufacturing, yucca extract is used as a foaming and flavoring agent in carbonated beverages. Many compounds from yucca have been used in the manufacture of new drugs.
Yucca contains chemicals that might help reduce high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It might also reduce arthritis symptoms such as pain, swelling, and stiffness.
Insufficient Evidence for:
Arthritis. Developing evidence suggests that a yucca extract might reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis such as pain, swelling, and stiffness.
High blood pressure. Taking yucca in combination with proper diet and exercise might help lower blood pressure.
High cholesterol and high triglycerides. Taking yucca in combination with a low-fat diet and exercise seems to help lower blood fats, including cholesterol and triglycerides.
Poor blood circulation.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of yucca for these uses.
Yucca seems safe when taken short-term. It can cause side effects such as stomach upset, bitter taste, nausea, and vomiting.
Not enough is known about the safety of taking yucca by mouth long-term or applying it to the skin.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of yucca during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
We currently have no information for Aloe Yucca (YUCCA) Interactions.