Sarsaparilla Herbal Remedies
Sarsaparilla is used for skin disorders, such as eczema and psoriasis, and for rheumatism and liver problems. It is a common ingredient in blood cleansing formulas, along with red clover and burdock root and seed. Very little scientific studies have been done on sarsaparilla, but it has a long history of use for syphilis, chronic rheumatism, and skin diseases and has been said to improve the appetite and digestion. Sarsaparilla has also been used extensively in the food industry as a flavoring agent in root beer, candy, etc. Sarsaparilla has a taste of SWEET, AROMATIC and a temperature of NEUTRAL.
Sarsaparilla Proper Dose
|Sarsaparilla Decoction||1 cup 2-3 x daily|
|Sarsaparilla Tincture||10-30 drops 2-3 x daily|
Sarsaparilla Reference Information
|Latin Name||Smilax officinalis, S. spp.|
|Part Used||Root, Rhizome|
|Herb Forms||Tincture, capsule, bulk herb.|
|Affects||Blood, Liver, Urinary system|
|Botanical Info||A climbing or trailing perennial vine of the Lily family with prickly stems, thick rhizomes, and long slender roots.|
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