(tinctura SMILAX OFFICINALES)
from AMAZON HERBS®
Sarsaparilla is a prickly, woody vine (liana) and used by the indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest against many ailments and conditions such as rheumatism, skin problems (eczema, rashes, acne), blood purifying, joint pains (gout), STD (syphilis, gonorrhea), diaphoretic, treatment for psoriasis, lung diseases and diuretic.
Plant steroids sarsasapogenin, smilagenin, sitosterol, stigmasterol, pollinastanol, resveratrol, rhamnose, saponins (sarsasaponin, smilasaponin, sarsaparilloside, sitosterol glucoside), oxalic acid, fatty acids.
Sarsaparilla is used in the treatment of syphilis. Clinical observations demonstrated that sarsaparilla was effective in about 90% of acute and 50% of chronic cases.
Antibiotic properties of sarsaparilla were documented; as were antifungal and bacterial activities. Anti-inflammatory activity has been demonstrated, using induced models of arthritis and inflammation due to its immune modulatory action. Sarsaparilla also has demonstrated liver protective effects in rats. Improvement of appetite and digestion has been noted with sarsaparilla, as well as its diuretic actions in humans. Root seems to have stimulatory activity on the kidneys in humans and, in chronic nephritis. Sarsaparilla was shown to increase the urinary excretion of uric acid.
Flavonoids in this plant have been documented to have immune modulation and liver protective activities.
The plant sterols found in Sarsaparilla closely resemble testosterone, progesterone and oestrogen. These are not identical to human hormones but close; the liver doesn't have to work as hard to produce actual human hormones. Sarsaparilla helps to maintain proper levels of testosterone and progesterone which can help the hair to grow. It is also used by body builders as a natural steroid to promote muscle growth and mass.
Sarsaparilla increases the bioavailability of other herbs and enhances the benefits (synergist) due to high amount of saponins (glycosides with a foaming characteristic). In folk medicine in South America it is used for sexual impotence problems and skin ailments.
Sarsaparilla was shown to be a preventative and therapeutic agent for respiratory and allergic diseases such as acute bronchitis, bronchial asthma, asthmatic bronchitis and chronic bronchitis.
We use the vine and roots to prepare the tincture.
Tincture: 1 - 3 ml. daily.
The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs
Leslie Taylor, copyrighted 2005
The above presentation is for informational and educational purposes only.
It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage.
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