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Smilax Glabra (Sarsaparilla)

Smilax Glabra:

Smooth Greenbrier Rhizome

Latin Name: Smilacis Glabrae Rhizoma

Other names of this root also include Glabrous Greenbrier Rhizome, the China root, Sarsaparilla, Rhizoma Smilacis Glabrae, Tu Fu Ling, Smilax china

The root has been used in combination with other herbs to treat diabetes, infection, and other skin and urinary disorders. Laboratory studies have shown that this plant has antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties.  Historically this herb has been used as a treatment for syphilis, gonorrhea, herpes simplex viruses. Smilax Glabra has also been used in the treatment of cancer, mercury poisoning, acute bacterial dysentery, and rheumatoid arthritis.

According to the National Institue of Health   

Smilax Glabra Rhizome (SGR) was shown to modulate immunity, protect against liver injury, lower blood glucose and suppress cancer.”

In women, it helps to relieve painful menstruation and irregular menstruation and to treat fibroids and cysts that may develop in the ovaries. The healing properties of smilax root are used in the treatment of rheumatism and gout, in some cases with diseases of the kidneys and bladder.

Smilax stimulates the production of sex hormones and tonic affects the genitals, increases the metabolic rate, supports hormonal balance in the body. This is a possible explanation of why almost every traditional culture that has used the plant found it helpful for the skin, joints, liver, reproductive function, and blood.


Scientific Name(s) Smilax species including Smilax aristolochiifolia (Mexican sarsaparilla), Smilax china, Salvia officinalis (Honduras sarsaparilla), Smilax regelii (Honduras, Jamaican sarsaparilla), Smilax febrifuga (Ecuadorian sarsaparilla), Smilax ornata.

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