Sarsaparilla. Properties. Medicinal Plants

Sarsaparilla (Smilax medica)
This plant is native to Central and South America. It was introduced in Europe in the sixteenth century and advised its use for treatment of skin symptoms of syphilis.

Sarsaparilla Properties
* One of the best tonics. Diuretic, sudorific. Reduces cholesterol.
* Find use in the treatment of rheumatism, gout, arthritic, asthma, nephritis, and syphilis.
* For its purifying power is used in: cystitis, urethritis, oliguria, kidney stones, hyperuricemia, gout, hypertension, edema, fluid retention overweight.
* Other uses of sarsaparilla include bronchitis, emphysema, asthma.
* Also used as a cleanser on skin problems: acne, eczema, psoriasis (favors the peeling of the skin) in articular rheumatism or to "lower blood", hence its popular name derives from "mermasangre.
* The study of their composition reveals the presence of steroids that are similar in structure to progesterone, the hormone that allows your application.
* In Mexico and South America has been used as a stimulant of sexual function and to treat menopausal problems.

Contraindications to Sarsaparilla

* Its use as a diuretic in the presence of hypertension, heart disease or moderate to severe renal insufficiency, should be done only by prescription and under medical supervision.
* PLS USE No dosage forms containing alcohol to children under two years or people with ethyl.


Side effects of Sarsaparilla

None known.

Toxicity: 0 - 1 - 2  - 3
* As with any medicinal plants that can be taken in tincture or fluid extract should always be kept in mind the alcohol content.
* At high doses, can cause gastroenteritis.
* We recommend its use be discontinued because of the presence of saponosides with hemolytic action (although only been tested experimentally in vitro and in animals after parenteral administration).

(0 = none, 1 = somewhat toxic, 2 = toxic, 3 = very toxic)

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