Sarsaparilla Root (Smilax regelii)

Sarsaparilla is a climbing woody vine found in many tropical forests in both South and Central America.  It has one of the most amazing scents and is easily identified.

Sarsaparilla Root (Smilax regelii) is loaded with human-friendly chemical compounds which are beneficial for many conditions.  The leading uses are for treating psoriasis, arthritis, and treating syphilis.  It also works to protect the liver and has been used in preclinical trials for treating certain types of cancer.

There are documented studies that identify one of sarsaparilla’s main steroids as the reason for it’s success.  Sarsaponin is able to bind to endotoxins responsible for the skin lesions in psoriasis patients.  Furthermore it helps to remove them from the body.  It’s also used to treat related skin disorders such as eczema, Pityriasis Rosea and Seborrheic Dermatitis, with varying degrees of success.

Rheumatoid arthritis, gout, arthralgia, and other joint pain can be treated with this root as it is a strong anti-inflammatory.

Sarsaparilla has been used for centuries to treat syphilis and leprosy; both the product of harmful bacteria.  The antimicrobial activity has been shown to be effective against many different bacteria and even a virus.  It’s not as effective as modern day antibiotics, but is still used in many parts of the world.  It’s also used for treating kidney disease and helps to reduce fluid retention, however there is minimal evidence to support it.

This herb can be made into a tea or used in tincture form.  Remember that this is a root, so allow at least fifteen minutes for your tea to steep, to unlock the maximum benefits.

There are no known side effects of using sarsaparilla. However, taking a large amount of saponins may cause stomach irritation.

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