Sarsaparilla Root (Hemidesmus indicus)

Sarsaparilla (Hemidesmus indicus) or commonly called, Indian Sarsaparilla is a climbing woody vine found in South Asia.  In India proper, it mainly grows in the Punjabi region and in the upper Gangetic plains. It has both an amazing and memorable scent and is easily identified.

Sarsaparilla Root (Hemidesmus indicus) is traditionally used for two things; to make beverages and in natural medicine. It is also pickled and eaten, but its not a common use.

Some of the traditional remedies made with Sarsaparilla are to treat hiccups, for coughs and as a general detox.  It also very useful as a blood purifier and traditional practitioners have used it for hundreds of years for insect bites, stings, snake and scorpion bites.  It was also considered useful in any type of poisoning, either accidental or intentional.

This root is a natural cooling properties, helping bring on relaxation.  In India they make a very refreshing and aromatic drink from Sarsaparilla root and a sugary syrup.  It seems to give the person instant energy and these drinks are often consumed copiously by young people and those involved in very physical activities, including sporting events.  There are many people who think this drink also helps with brain health and memory.  It is also used homeopathically for mild depression.

Another use, although one not readily broadcasted, is for treating venereal disease.  It eradicates deadly microbial diseases such as leucorrhoea and gonorrhea and it’s thought to block toxins in the reproductive system, allowing them to be flushed out of the body.  This root is used for treating both males and females.

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 Indian Sarsaparilla.

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