An herb, (S. aristolochiaefolia-Mexican)(S. refelii-Honduran)(S. febrifuga-Ecuadorian). All three types of sarsaparilla are species of the genus Smilax and belong to the family Smilacaceae. This herb contains saponins which are derived mainly from sarsapogenin and smilagenin. The plant is also used as a flavoring agent, often in soft drinks such as root beer.
Used by many Indian tribes in the American Southwest, this herb is known to increase circulation to the joints and reduce inflammation caused by arthritis. Aside from containing steroidal saponins and phytosterols which are believed to contribute to its therapeutic effects, Sarsaparilla also contains calcium, copper, iron, iodine, potassium, manganese, silicon, sulphur, vitamins A, C, B complex and D. Vitamins A & C are anti-oxidant vitamins and necessary nutrients for connective tissue vitality.
Sarsaparilla (Smilax regelii and other closely related species of Smilax) is a vine that bears roots with many useful properties. These vines have long prickly stems and shiny leaves, and numerous reddish-brown roots up to 3 m long. Several species of Smilax are used, but the Jamaican S. regelii (syn.
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Sarsaparilla helps in the treatment of congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, PMS, urinary problems, impotence, hives, infertility, nervous system disorders, swelling and discomfort from rheumatism and arthritis.