Sarsaparilla (Smilax spp.)
Parts used: dried root and rhizome
Constituents: saponins, sitosterol, stigmasterol
Actions: anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antipruritic
Indications: psoriasis and other cutaneous conditions, chronic rheumatism, rheumatoid arthritis
Applications: Sarsaparilla’s steroidal saponins exert an anti-inflammatory effect. It also has a diuretic action, flushing out chlorides and uric acid and therefore of benefit in gout and other rheumatic or arthritic conditions. Favourable results have been recorded in the treatment of psoriasis and eczema. It is also a popular tonic.Combinations: with Burdock root and Blue Flag in skin conditions
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