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Sarsaparilla: healing properties and application in homeopathy


Even the people call him: monastic root, eternal root, ananta-mule, naga-jihva. It helps with depression, fatigue. Restores male potency, has a regenerating effect on the genitals.

Effectively supports the body's hormonal balance and increases the metabolic rate, eases postmenstrual problems. Treats infertility

Sarsaparilla perfectly cleanses the body. This plant is used to effectively treat skin and kidney disease. In the Middle Ages, it was used to treat sexually transmitted diseases and genital ulcers. The fruits were used as an antidote, however, they are now rarely used because of the large number of saponins that are toxic.

Sarsaparilla root perfectly cleanses the blood and removes excess uric acid, and also relieves rheumatic pains and improves the condition for gout. In case of hypertension or renal failure, before using the plant, it is necessary to consult a medical professional.

Sarsaparilla helps eliminate fluid retention, which can lead to the appearance of cellulite, hypertension, obesity and high cholesterol levels. It is rich in calcium, chromium, cobalt, manganese and zinc. In addition, plant-based drinks help to lose weight naturally and effectively.

Sarsaparilla root helps remove serous accumulations in the joints. Among other things, the intake of this tool will help to get rid of excess toxins in the body, which will improve the skin condition for acne, eczema, dermatitis, herpes and psoriasis. Since ancient times, the plant used to increase sexual desire. In the book "Medicinal plants of Argentina" describes the use of this plant for the treatment of leprosy and syphilis.

The following recipe is effective for the treatment of bronchi and lungs. Chopped sarsaparilla root (2 teaspoons) is dipped in a liter of water, boiled for about ten minutes and allowed to infuse. You should drink 3 cups of this broth per day, 1 glass before breakfast, after lunch and dinner also one glass each. Take this tool should be no more than 45 days.

It is contraindicated to take this plant in acute nephritis. Also not recommended for pregnant and lactating women. When treating the dosage should be observed, a high content of saponins can cause irritation of the stomach membrane, vomiting or nausea. Sarsaparilla is not recommended for people suffering from gastritis, ulcers, as this remedy may aggravate the symptoms of these diseases. Sarsaparilla-based products should be used with caution in patients with heart problems.

Where is growing and what does sarsaparilla look like

This plant is a perennial vine that has well developed roots. It grows in a tropical climate, spreads along the ground, but can rise upward on supports, its length 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 family of the Lille. Its root system is well developed - from the central long taproot 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 lignify 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 shape of the vagina, in different directions from which the spikes of a curved shape diverge. The flowers are white, gathered in inflorescences umbrella-shaped. The fruits of sarsaparella - berries of a round form of red coloring.

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

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

The beneficial effect of the plant

There is a positive effect of the drug in the following situations:

  • With proper use, psoriasis can be cured, problems on the skin that have arisen, both as a result of metabolic disorders and as a result of improper eating, can be eliminated.
  • It has a great healing effect, prevents the development of numerous inflammatory processes and the formation of hematomas.
  • Special attention should be paid to the use of the components of the drug to restore the current metabolic processes in the skin structure after plastic surgery.
  • May help with varicose veins and thrombophlebitis.
  • Allows you to regulate the respiratory process, providing air flow to the lungs.
  • The components of sarsaparilla will be an excellent solution for the normalization of the tone of the whole body, nutrition of the skin with useful substances. There is a positive effect on the skin of the cheeks, as well as the nose and ears, which allows you to visually eliminate a certain kind of problem.
  • In the muscles, as well as in the liver, there is a process of regenerative processes that usually contributes to the normalization of the work of the whole organism. In addition, there is also an improvement in the functions of the bladder, minimizing the likelihood of spasms in it.
Homeopathic remedy from sarsaparilla perfectly helps with metabolic disorders, itching, psoriasis and various skin problems. Homeopathic medicine also has antibacterial properties, prevents the development of inflammatory processes. Source: flickr (Stefano Majno).

Dosage Features

In order to rely on the maximum effect, strict compliance with the dosage is necessary when prescribing Sarsaparilla.

It should take into account the individual characteristics of each organism.

The best option if you decide to use the entire "tip of a teaspoon," which will be generally sufficient.

It is extremely important not to use a homeopathic remedy more than twice a week, it is often recommended to do it on Saturdays, while using pomegranate juice in parallel. If you decide to take the product on Monday, you need to add a mate.

The effect of Sarsaparilla on the body

According to medical observations, Sarsaparilla has two of the most pronounced actions:

  • it stimulates blood circulation in the vascular system
  • promotes blood flow to organs and tissues.

According to the results of the results obtained in the framework of the conducted surveys,

  • positive tendency to restore the immune system,
  • normalization of the functioning of the liver.
Due to the correct use of homeopathic remedies from sarsaparilla, blood circulation is improved, the immune system is restored, the skin acquires a healthy appearance. Source: flickr (Change Your Life Style).

This is due to the fact that the composition of the medicinal plant has a steroid sarsaporin, which helps to provide modulating viscosity.

Sarsaparilla root

Sarsaparilla - folk remedy for psoriasis, treatment of venereal diseases, rheumatic pains, herpes and genital ulcers (externally), as a blood-purifying agent.

Latin name: Smilax.

English name: Smilax, Catbriers, Greenbriers, Prickly-ivys, Smilaxes.

Family: Smilaksovye - Smilacaceae.

Synonyms: Smilax, or Sassaparil, or Sassaparel.

Pharmacy name: Sassaparilla root - Sarsaparillae radix.

Used parts of sarsaparilla: roots, separated from rhizomes.

Botanical description: Sarsaparel is a high climbing shrub with a strong rhizome, from which numerous roots of about a meter length depart. Stems covered with thorns. The leaves reach a length of 35 cm, heart-shaped and have a 3-7-cm petiole, the base of which expands in the form of the vagina, but here both sides are separated by curved spines. White flowers are collected in umbrellas, the fruits are rounded red berries.

Habitat: Sarsaparel grow in the swampy tropical forests of Central America (Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador).

Collection and preparation: roots are dug and separated from the gnarled rhizomes. They are then cut into 50-75 cm pieces and air dried. After drying, the roots become flexible and are 3-5 mm thick. They are combined in bundles and packed in bales.

Active ingredients: Sarsaparel contains in its chemical composition such useful active substances as saponin, glycosides, sitosterol, starch, organic acids, smilacin (indifferent substance), pitch, and also bitter extractive substance.

Sarsaparel - useful properties and application

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Photo of medicinal plant Sarsaparel

Formerly, sarsaparel is an excellent remedy for syphilis, and also used as a blood-purifying agent. Even today, the roots of sassaparilla are an integral part of many blood-purifying teas.

Recently, sarsaparilla has been used in the form of tea and in various tea blends for the treatment of psoriasis. Information about the effectiveness of such teas is very controversial. Some authors have reported very significant successes, while others consider this tool ineffective. But since psoriasis is very difficult to treat, in any case, we can recommend tea from sassaparilla in addition to other measures.

  • The recipe for making sarsaparilla herbal tea: 2 teaspoons of the root pour 1/4 liter of cold water and let it brew for 10-15 hours. After straining, heat to a pleasant temperature. You should drink 1 cup 3 times a day. It is worth trying to apply this tea for articular rheumatism and gout.

    The roots of sarsaparel are beneficial for many diseases, as well as for purulent disease [el mal de bubas - syphilis] and pain caused to people by that contagious disease. And because those who wish to recover, are located in a hot place, hiding so that the cold or air does not harm the disease, taking only a laxative and eating selected fruits, and abstaining from food, and drinking a drink from these roots, mixed in for the necessary proportions : and the extracted fluid, which comes out very clean and without unpleasant taste and odor, is given to the patient for several days [in succession] to drink without affecting him by other methods, which makes the body sick, therefore he quickly heals and becomes healthier than l, and the body, as washed, without marks and traces, which usually appear from other medicines, rather, it becomes so perfect as if it had never had a disease in it. And therefore, indeed, great cures took place in that village of Guayaquil at various times. And many who had damaged insides inside, and their bodies were rotten, drinking a drink from the roots of sarsaparilla, recovered, and acquired a better color [of the skin] than during the illness. And others who came with running ulcers located on the body, as well as those who had a bad breath, drinking this liquid, completely recovered after a few days. Finally, many who swelled, who [covered] with sores, they all returned home healthy. And I think that this is one of the best plants or plants in the world, and the most useful, as evidence, are many recovered from it.
    Cieza de Leon, Pedro. Chronicle of Peru. Part one.

    Sarsaparel helps to reduce depression, fatigue and fatigue, due to which sarsaparel is indicated for many nervous disorders. It also regulates sexual activity, has a regenerating effect on the genitals, especially in relation to male potency, reduces female postmenstrual problems. Sarsaparel stimulates the production of sex hormones and has a tonic effect on the genitals, supports the body's hormonal balance and increases the metabolic rate.

    The use of sarsaparilla in homeopathy

    The homeopathic remedy Sarsaparilla often finds application in rashes of various nature, accompanied by severe itching, especially in psoriasis, eczema and thrush. Sassaparille try to apply also with warts and furunculosis. Along with this, this tool is used for gout and rheumatism, as well as for diseases of the bladder and kidneys. Preference is given to dilutions D1 - D6 5-10 drops every 3 to 5 hours.

    Side effects. Like all drugs with a large number of saponins, sassaparille should not be overdose, because sarsaparilla causes irritation of the mucous membranes of the digestive system.

    Contraindications. Lactation, pregnancy.

    Gallery: Sarsaparilla (25 photos)

    The chemical composition of vines

    Sarsaparel has a special chemical composition that combines biologically active substances that have a high therapeutic effect. In this case, the intake of raw materials of the plant practically does not cause side effects. In liana present:

    • tar,
    • glycosides,
    • amino acids
    • starch,
    • methionine
    • cystine
    • essential oils,
    • phytosterol,
    • smilacin

    In addition to these components, sarsaparilla contains macro- and microelements that help strengthen the human body. Liana is rich:

    The plant has a beneficial effect on health, helps to cope with ailments, strengthens the immune system, promotes healing of wounds. Therefore, the root of the vine is a part of many homeopathic remedies. However, before starting treatment with drugs containing sarsaparilla root, it is necessary to consult with doctors. Like any medicinal plant, this shrub has a number of contraindications to use.

    For example, it is not recommended to use medicines based on the vine root for pregnant and lactating women.

    With caution should appoint the drug to people with gastrointestinal diseases, as with prolonged use, it can cause irritation of the gastric mucosa. Resin, which is part of, has a specific bitterness. For this reason, some patients have problems with digestion.

    Medicinal properties of the shrub

    Sassaparil has long been used in the treatment of various diseases. Of course, it is best to purchase a dry root of a plant than tablets or dietary supplements based on it. In modern medicine, the vine is primarily famous for helping to eliminate sexual dysfunction in men. Shrub-based preparations are used in the treatment of urinary and sexually transmitted infections. Healing properties of vines can not be overestimated. Possessing anti-inflammatory, analgesic, blood-purifying, diaphoretic, diuretic, antipruritic effects, the liana root is effective in:

    • kidney disease
    • arthritis and arthritis,
    • psoriasis,
    • rheumatism,
    • endocrine diseases
    • infertility
    • liver disease,
    • gout
    • violation of metabolic processes,
    • herpes
    • eczema, contact dermatitis,
    • thrush
    • premenstrual syndrome
    • furunculosis,
    • scrofulous
    • leprosy (as an adjunct in complex therapy),
    • diabetes mellitus
    • renal, intestinal, hepatic colic,
    • cholera,
    • intestinal dysbiosis,
    • urological diseases in men (cystitis).

    Sassaparil helps to cope with headaches, migraines, dizziness, vitamin deficiency, rashes of various pathogenesis, and digestive disorders. Nutrients help remove uric acid, which reduces the risk of gout. Due to the diuretic and diaphoretic effect, sassaparille helps to remove sand from the kidneys and bladder, eliminates flatulence, bloating, normalizes stool.

    Using creepers for emotional disorders

    The pace of life in the modern world often leads to physical and emotional exhaustion. It happens that a person feels emotionally ill due to physical ailments. In this case, sarsaparel has a double effect: improves physical health, which has a beneficial effect on the mental state of a person. The use of herbal medicine is possible with:

    • depressed
    • nervousness
    • insomnia,
    • fear, anxiety,
    • mental fatigue
    • high blood pressure
    • chronic stress
    • anxiety disorders.

    It is no secret that stress often causes sexual problems in both men and women. Medicines based on vines relieve tension, help to restore psychological balance. Also, these drugs stimulate the production of sex hormones responsible for sexual function. Due to its composition, the vine root stabilizes the hormonal balance in the body.

    This contributes to the restoration of libido, a longer continuation of sexual intercourse and increased sensation.

    Funds based on the root of this shrub can be bought in the form of dietary supplements or drops. Raw plants are added to blood purifying and toning teas. But you can buy the root and prepare the infusion yourself. Заслуживает внимания тот факт, что полезные вещества в той или иной мере зависят от региона, где растет сарсапарель. Для усиления эффекта корни растения можно сочетать с корнем лопуха.

    Рецепты для домашнего приготовления

    При простуде, болях в суставах необходимо 2 ч. л. Liana root pour 200 ml of cold water and let stand for 15 hours. After this, strain the infusion, heat and take a glass 3 times a day. You can take the "medicine" regardless of the meal. Tonic drink is prepared as follows: 1 tsp. raw material is poured with a glass of water (200 ml) and infused for 10 hours. Strain the infusion and drink at once completely.

    With psoriasis, you can make a collection of sarsaparilla root (25 g), strawberry leaves (10 g), blackberry leaves (10 g), buckthorn bark (5 g). After making a mixture of these plants, pour 2 tbsp. l Collect a glass of water (200 ml) and let it brew for 12 hours. Infusion should be taken 2 cups a day. If an allergic reaction occurs, stop taking it and consult a doctor.

    Smilax (sassaparil): properties

    Calorie: 1 kcal.

    The energy value of the product Smilaks (sassaparille):
    Protein: 0g.
    Fat: 0 g.
    Carbohydrates: 0 g.

    Smilax (Sassaparil) - one of the species of vines, climbing shrubs, a representative of the family of Smilaksov. Smilax is a stem with thorns and evergreen leaves (see photo). Smilax shoots are very strong, they reach 50 meters, thanks to their strength, they are excellent for making ropes.

    Grassland is considered to be Central America. Sassaparilla is found in Asia and Africa, several species are distributed throughout Europe. Smilax is most common in the Caucasus, where it is used to prepare traditional dishes. The name of the plant received from the Spanish phrase, meaning "blackberry vine".

    Medicinal properties

    The healing properties of sassaparilla have been known for a long time. In the Peruvian chronicles, the Smilax root is described as follows: “And many who had damaged insides inside, and their bodies rotten, drinking a drink from these roots, recovered ...”. The first mention of this plant was found in written sources in 1553, it was the book "Chronicles of Peru". The author of the book is considered a Spanish priest, he described Smilaks as a plant that has strong medicinal properties. The Spanish conquistadors brought sassaparilla root to Europe. Local healers undertook to study a previously unknown plant, at first applying it only for medicinal purposes. Traditional healers prepared infusions from sassaparil root, which were used to treat syphilis and other serious diseases.

    For medicinal purposes, it is the Smilax root that is used. After digging, it must be separated from the main root, and then carefully dried, cut into small pieces. After drying, the root becomes very soft and pliable. Store the roots of Smilax in the form of small bunches. The plant contains saponins, starch, resins, bitter substances, simasterol and sitosterol.

    Smilax is able to influence hormone synthesis, being an analogue of the male sex hormone testosterone. Applications of this plant improves male reproductive function by increasing the quantity and quality of sperm. Since ancient times, Smilax has been used to treat male infertility, premature ejaculation, chronic prostatitis and adenoma. Smilax is also effective in venereal diseases and immunodeficiency.

    Nowadays, Smilax is a part of homeopathic medicines, such as Akka-Ar and Akn skin kza. The herbal preparation Acne Skin Kea is used to treat acne, eczema, dermatitis. In cosmetology, sassaparilla extract is used, which has pronounced cosmetic properties. The plant is used to treat skin diseases.

    Use in cooking

    In cooking, use young shoots of the plant. They can be added to various dishes, and can be consumed fresh. Smilax has a bitter-sour taste, it is very juicy and quite pleasant.

    Caucasian cuisine makes extensive use of sassaparilla shoots in its dishes. Young shoots of the plant (antennae) are preserved by Georgians or added to dishes as seasonings. Canned antennae can serve as an independent snack or as a side dish to meat. In Western Georgia, the plant is used to make traditional Georgian dishes - phali from Ekala. In Georgia, the leaves of this herb are called sassaparille, in some cases they are consumed even without heat treatment. Fresh leaves have an interesting taste: they are sour, but have a slight bitterness. Sassaparille can be added to salads to give them a new flavor.

    There are several recipes for making shoots of Smilax. They need to be boiled for 20 minutes, then salt and place in a frying pan, adding a few homemade eggs. This original scrambled eggs will not leave anyone indifferent, thanks to the young shoots, the protein will turn green. For the second recipe, you need a few more ingredients. Shoots of plants, as in the previous recipe, should be boiled, then you need to grind them with walnuts, add a little cilantro, finely chopped onions. You can fill the mixture with lemon juice, wine vinegar or sour wine. Also essential ingredient of the dish is adjika.

    Benefit of Smilax (Sassaparilla) and Treatment

    The benefits of plants proven centuries-old medical practice. Smilax is used in folk medicine for the treatment of venereal diseases, herpes infections, severe forms of arthritis. Ayurveda from the rhizomes of Smilax prepares powders, pastes, decoctions. These tools are widely used to cleanse the urogenital system, relieve infections and various inflammations. Ayurveda claims that the root of this plant frees a person from negative emotions and therefore can be used to treat diseases of the nervous system. Smilax cleans the human circulatory system, which makes it useful for inflammatory processes in rheumatism.

    For the treatment of herpes infections and venereal diseases, the root of Smilax can be combined with gentian. This mixture activates the production of sex hormones, tonic effect on the reproductive system. In order to get a blood purifying effect, Smilax can be combined with burdock root. Outwardly, infusions of smilax are used for herpes and genital ulcers. As a poultice, the root is used to treat sore joints due to the elimination of uric acid.

    Smilax is used in complex therapy in the treatment of psoriasis. To this end, the plant is added to the composition of blood-purifying herbal. Official medicine today does not recognize the medicinal effect of sassaparilla in the treatment of psoriasis. On the basis of Smilax, a homeopathic medicine Sarsaparilla is made, which is also used to treat skin diseases. This drug can be used to treat thrush in women.

    Sassaparilla root reduces fatigue, is used in depressive states. The use of Smilax has a positive effect on male and female sexuality. When rheumatism is recommended to take sassaparilla tea: 2 tsp. root plants pour a glass of cold water and infuse for 15 hours. After infusion, the drink is filtered and warmed to room temperature. Tea consumed 1 cup 3 times a day.

    Beneficial features

    Smilax is widely used in alternative medicine and in the manufacture of homeopathic medicines, since it has a wide range of useful properties:

    • anti-inflammatory,
    • blood cleaning,
    • sudorific
    • diuretic,
    • antipruritic
    • tonic

    Harm and contraindications

    Like any medicine, sarsaparilla has contraindications and can cause side effects:

    • first of all, the remedy is contraindicated for people suffering from acute diseases of the kidneys and urinary tract, because it can cause deterioration,
    • gastric ulcer is also a direct contraindication to root intake, as it can provoke inflammation of the mucous membrane of internal organs,
    • It is prohibited to take drugs and products that have Smilax in pregnant women because it has an effect on the hormonal system,