Sarsaparilla (Smilax regelii)
Health benefits of sarsaparilla herb
The benefits of this medicinal herb are many. They are natural, drug-less and they are herbal therapies to treat every day complaints as well as serious and dangerous diseases.
It is effective for all skin ailments such as eczema, psoriasis, as well as ringworm. It is also effective for ailments such as arthritis, cancer, rheumatism, gout, colds, fevers, catarrh, flatulence, multiple sclerosis, bronchial conditions and menopause.
In a research done on the root in 1993 at the Pennsylvania State University, the root was found to contain male and female hormones and it is used to treat sterility and impotence in men. It is said that if you are not getting a good root, you can test it by chewing a piece of the root, if it has an acidic taste, then the root is good.
The tea and its benefits
The aromatic roots may be used to make tea that is flavorful and tasty. The tea can be used externally as a wash for skin problems, ringworm, and also scrofula. It can also used to wash the eyes.
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Sarsaparilla (Smilax regelii) medicinal herb is a plant that is native to Central America, China, Costa Rica and India, where it is known as Hemidesmus indicus. It is now growing wild in the West Indies as well as Latin America. However, this is one herb that I am familiar with because it is very common in Jamaica.
The medicinal properties are carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, laxative, digestive as well as tonic. The main part used as herbal medicine is the root and it is from the family of Araliaceae. The main part used as herbal medicine is the rhizome or the root.
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