https://www.vidlwellness.com/Sarsaparilla is a medicinal herb that is known to be an excellent detoxifier and blood purifier.
Sarsaparilla goes by many different names depending on which root and where it originates. Common names for sarsaparilla is Smilax, Jamaican sarsaparilla, the China root, Rhizoma Smilacis Glabrae and Tu Fu Ling.
Smilax (Sarsaparilla) is rich in vitamins A, C, D, and B-complex as well as minerals such as chromium, cobalt, zinc, and silicon. It also contains anti-microbial compounds such as falcarinol and panaxydol which makes it great for helping to protect the body from bacteria, viral, and fungal infections.
Smilax is often used as a diuretic, supporting the kidney to flush toxic material out of the body. It is also known to be a good sweat inducer and fever reducer which can come in handy during cold and flu season.
In traditional Chinese medicine Smilax/Sarsaparilla is used for cold sores, shingles, genital herpes, syphilis, and dermatitis and many more health issues.
Laboratory studies have shown that this plant has antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties and is effective for autoimmune disorders such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus, and irritable bowel syndrome.
Smilax Glabra Rhizome (SGR) was shown to modulate immunity, protect against liver injury, lower blood glucose and suppress cancer.”
In women, Smilax helps to relieve painful menstruation and irregular menstruation and to treat fibroids and cysts that may develop in the ovaries. The theraputic 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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