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Sarsaparilla: medicinal properties and use in homeopathy


This perennial has long been used in folk medicine due to its many healing properties. Description, healing properties, the use of the plant in homeopathy and many other information about sarsparilla will be described below.

Where it grows and what sarsaparilla looks like

This plant is a perennial vine with well-developed roots. It grows in a tropical climate, spreads along the ground, but can rise upward on supports, in length it can reach 1.3 - 1.5 m. In medicine, its rhizomes are usually used, in which most of the active substances found in this plant are concentrated.

Sarsaparilla belongs to the Liliaceae family. Its root system is well developed - from the central long rod root, smaller processes diverge in all directions. Moreover, the length of the main root can be up to 1.7 - 2.0 m. The stem of this vine is a long climbing form, covered with numerous spikes. After some time, the shoots are lignified and become strong. The foliage has the shape of regular hearts, can grow up to 28-30 cm in length, grow on petioles, the length of which can reach 6-7 cm. The base of the petiole expands in the form of a vagina, curved spikes diverge in different directions from which. The flowers are white, collected in an inflorescence of umbrella-shaped. Sarsaparella fruits are round-shaped berries of red color.

In pharmacology, plant roots are used, which are separated from the main rhizome. This medicinal perennial is predominantly prevalent in the countries of the Caucasus. The local population uses not only roots, but also young stems - as a tasty and healthy seasoning for many dishes.

This liana is also widespread in all countries of South Asia, in India, Malaysia, Indonesia.

Other names for sarsaparilla

In the people, this medicinal perennial has many other names:

  • Ananta mule;
  • East Indian Sarsaparilla;
  • Eternal root;
  • Naga jigva;
  • Monastic root;
  • Sarsaparilla;
  • sassaparil;
  • smilax is non-forget-flowering;
  • sassaparilla;
  • sarsaparilla.

But all these names of the same medicinal plant are sarsaparilla.

What do the young edible shoots of sassaparil look like

The chemical composition of sarsaparilla

The composition of the rhizomes of this perennial includes the following active components:

  • saponins (most steroidal);
  • resins;
  • alkaloids;
  • tannin;
  • Mg, Au, Ca, Fe and a number of other mineral elements necessary for the human body;
  • glucoside parillin;
  • sarsaparilloside.

The healing properties of sarsaparilla

Due to this amount of active ingredients, the healing properties of this plant cannot be underestimated. A drink from the roots of sarsaparilla even the Indians used to treat syphilis, used to restore male strength. Until now, this plant is used in the treatment of diseases of the genitourinary sphere in both women and men.

The roots of this perennial creeper have the following properties:

  • relieve inflammation;
  • anesthetize;
  • purify the blood;
  • sweatshops;
  • diuretic;
  • relieve itching.

Drinks and infusions based on sarsaparilla root are used to treat:

  • joint diseases (arthritis and arthrosis);
  • kidney disease;
  • rheumatism;
  • endocrine system diseases;
  • infertility
  • various skin diseases accompanied by itching;
  • thrush;
  • diabetes mellitus;
  • cholera and some other diseases.

Sassaparil-based drugs reduce headaches and migraines, relieve dizziness, and help with vitamin deficiency. These drugs remove many harmful substances from the body, including uric acid, which provokes the onset and development of gout, as well as sand from the kidneys and bladder.

Also, with regular use of drugs based on it, the state of the nervous system improves, improves sleep, relieves depression, lowers blood pressure.

The healing properties of sarsaparilla

Collection and procurement of medicinal raw materials

The roots of this perennial are used as medicinal raw materials. BUT these roots can be harvested at any time of the year. It is carefully dug up, separated from the main root, which has the shape of a cone. These roots are cut into small pieces and dried outdoors, but under a canopy. Dried roots become soft and flexible enough. Dry raw materials are bundled and packaged in bales.

The use of sarsaparilla in homeopathy

A homeopathic remedy with a wide spectrum of action was made by homeopaths based on the roots of this plant. It is prescribed for metabolic disorders, various diseases of the skin. Such a drug is a powerful antibacterial agent that prevents the development of inflammatory processes.

But in order to achieve positive results in the treatment of a homeopathic remedy, it should be taken in doses prescribed by a homeopathic doctor. Usually it is prescribed to take no more than twice every 7 days.

About contraindications and the dangers of sarsaparilla

Like most medicinal herbs, sarsaparilla has a number of contraindications. So, it is not recommended to use the following groups of people:

  • expectant mothers;
  • during lactation.

With caution, it should be used for those categories of people who have problems with the gastrointestinal tract. Such caution is needed because drugs based on this perennial with prolonged use can irritate the mucous membranes of the stomach and intestines. The resin, which is part of the roots of Smilax non-forget-flowering, has a specific bitterness. It is it that causes digestive disorders in some groups of people.

It should also be remembered that any drugs that include medicinal plants should not be taken without prior consultation with doctors. After all, self-medication can sometimes lead to negative results.

Poisonous forest berries

Smilax root of the non-forget-me-not flower has many healing properties, and it is used to treat many diseases, both in official medicine and in folk medicine. But without consulting a doctor, you should not start treatment.