Benefits As Well As Drawbacks!
In this article I’m going to talk about what is Sarsaparilla and share the pros and cons to it.
You possibly have seen Sarsaparilla in a supplement, a tea or drink in the West Indian Food Shop and wondered what it does (apart from taste nice!)
Sarsaparilla is a plant that is native to South America and the Caribbean. It really started to get known in the 1500’s for treating syphilis. Syphilis is a bacterial infection that is commonly spread through sex. It was also used to treat leprosy, which is a nasty skin disorder that caused a person to really be shunned by others.
Let’s talk about the actual benefits, where there is proof of it working. When it comes to alternative medicine sometimes there are theories, but we like to see proof right?
One truth about sarsaparilla is that it can treat skin disorders such as psoriasis, which is a hardening of the skin. In a study in “Jamla Dermatology” 27 people with this skin disorder took tables with this herb for 1 to 9 months. 7 people’s condition was greatly improved, 8 moderately improved, 2 slightly improved, 9 received no benefits and 1 person was irritated by the medicine. Also 2 people noticed mild nausea.
It works because it has blood cleansing abilities, this plant can bind to something called endotoxins and remove them, which people with psoriasis have. Another benefit is that it can clean the liver and other organs because these endotoxins cause stress to them.
This herb can also help with syphilis with its anti-bacterial abilities. Clinical studies in China show that it was effective (according to blood tests) in 90% of acute cases and 50% of chronic cases.
It can fight cancer. The United states Library of Medicine shows it to have anti-cancer effects.
It can also help with inflammation and it can help with arthritis. In laboratory rats artificially-induced arthritis was blocked in rats that were given this herb. The bad news is that no human studies have been conducted, but if it reduces inflammation it can help because the reason for pain with arthritis is inflammation.
In fact chronic inflammation is major cause of age related problems. Anything that reduces it is very good. When it comes to dangers the taking a high dose that can give someone stomach pains, diarrhea as well as nausea.
The next time you see this ingredient Sarsaparilla in a tea or in a supplement you will know what it does.