Caution: In general, people who take any prescription drugs regularly should avoid sarsaparilla. Because sarsaparilla may stimulate the production of testosterone, men with prostate disorders should avoid it as well.
Aides with: iron deficiency, urinary issues, blood purifier
Sarsaparilla (smilax species) is a woody climbing vine found in rainforests around the world and also in temperate zones in Australia and China. The fragrance of the root is considered pleasant, with a spicy sweet taste. The root is dug year-round and dried for use in herbal preparations.
-Since the 1500’s, sarsaparilla has been used throughout the world to treat syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases. It has the reputation of a blood purifier and general tonic. Sarsaparilla is a sexual stimulant and wound healer. It is also used as a diuretic.
-The natural steroidal glycosides found in sarsaparilla have made the herb popular with bodybuilders as an alternative to anabolic steroids for increasing muscle mass.
-Sarsaparilla has the highest iron content found in a plant, making it an ideal herb for people with iron deficiencies. Iron is a key component of red blood cells, which bring oxygen to organ systems and tissues, speeding up repair and optimizing metabolic activity.
Reference: Prescriptions for Herbal Healing, Balch, 2nd edition
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