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What is Sarsaparilla?


The herb sarsaparilla (Smilax officinalis) is used for problems involving the blood, skin, circulation, and intestines. Sarsaparilla has carminative, diaphoretic, and tonic properties. It is also used in herbal blends to help energy levels.

Sarsaparilla is used for skin eruptions, ringworm, rheumatism, arthritis, and gout. The herb Sarsaparilla contains a hormone like substance which makes it good in glandular herbal formulas.

Heavy metallic toxins form in the blood from the foul and corrupted air breathed in daily by millions of people in large metropolitan areas afflicted by pollution and smog. Sarsaparilla is especially good for removing these heavy metals if taken properly.

Sarsaparilla bark and root aid the body in producing a greater amounts of the anabolic, hormones, testosterone, which is a hormone that will induce hair to grow, progesterone, a hormone that is normally produced by the ovaries in the female and cortisone.

Sarsaparilla's power is concentrated in the nerve fibers and tissue of the entire nervous system. Plant alkaloids and the saponins in this herb are considered to be responsible for the softening of hardened dense tissue masses such as in Multiple Sclerosis.

Additional Benefits of sarsaparilla:
o weakens these disease producing organisms
o is a blood purifying herb for nitrogen-based waste products like uric acid
o is used as a treatment for, liver problems, rheumatism, hormone excesses and skin disorders
o is used to treat infants infected with venereal disease.
o used for the treatment of psoriasis and eruptive skin disorders.
o is can serve as an antidote for poisoning
o relieving inflammation and gas and will increases the flow of urine
o promote perspiration.
o is used in glandular balance formulas
o used to increase the metabolic rate
o stimulates breathing in problems of congestion
o is used as a natural steroid for the production of testosterone, this is particularly useful for body building as a source of the muscle building hormone

Research:
Sarsaparilla contains steroidal saponins, such as sarsasapogenin, which some researcher claim can duplicate the action of some human hormones. However, this purported property of sarsaparilla remains has not been substantiated by empirical evidence.

Sarsaparilla also contains beta-sitosterol, a phytosterol, which may contribute to the anti-inflammatory property of this herb. A few reports suggest that sarsaparilla has both anti-inflammatory and liver-protecting effects. Similar findings on the effect of sarsaparilla on psoriasis can also be found in European literature.

Dosage and Administration:
A recommended dosage for sarsaparilla is two or three times a day as a tea or a liquid extract. To make sarsaparilla tea, soak 1,000 mg to 4,000 mg (one gram to 4 grams) of chopped or shredded dried root for 10 minutes in about 8 ounces of hot water, and then filter before drinking. In its alcohol-based liquid supplement form it is recommended to take 2-3 teaspoons of sarsaparilla extract up to two or three times a day.

It is common to find capsules containing powdered sarsaparilla root. It is also available in a number of combination oral herbal products. The recommended doses can differ according to manufacturer. Follow the directions on the package you purchase very carefully.

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