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Sarsaparilla is a plant. The root is used to make medicine.The sarsaparilla plants (Spanish zarza, “bramble,” and parrilla, “little vine”) are native to the southern and western coasts of Mexico to Peru. They are large, perennial, climbing or trailing vines with short, thick, underground stems producing many prickly, angular, aboveground stems. These are supported by tendrils springing from the bases of large, alternate, stalked leaves.
The commercial species providing sarsaparilla are principally Smilax aristolochiaefolia, S. regelii, and S. febrifuga, respectively known as Mexican, Honduran, and Ecuadorian sarsaparillas. Other commercial Smilax species include Ecuadorian (Guayaquil) and Central American (Jamaican or Guatemalan). After drying in the sun, the roots are gathered loosely into bundles or bound tightly into cylinders, depending on the place of origin, and then exported
People use sarsaparilla for skin diseases, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), kidney disease, sexually transmitted diseases, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
In manufacturing, sarsaparilla is used as a flavoring agent in foods, beverages, and pharmaceuticals.
Don't confuse sarsaparilla with German sarsaparilla or Indian or false sarsaparilla. There are reports that this false sarsaparilla is a common impurity found in sarsaparilla preparations. False sarsaparilla contains none of the possibly active chemicals found in true sarsaparilla.
How does it work?
Chemicals in sarsaparilla might help decrease pain and swelling (inflammation). Some chemicals might also kill cancer cells or slow down their growth.
Possible side effects include:
- There are claims that sarsaparilla may cause stomach and kidney irritation when used in large amounts. But these claims can't be confirmed.
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if sarsaparilla is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
- Asthma: Exposure to sarsaparilla root dust can cause runny nose and the symptoms of asthma.
- Kidney disease: Sarsaparilla might make kidney disease worse. Avoid sarsaparilla if you have kidney problems.
As always make sure you are using organic herbs as pesticides are toxic and always take normal doses, excessive amounts of anything is not good for you.
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