Sarsaparilla (Smilax officinalis )
Sarsaparilla is a persistent perennial plant that grows to about 4 to 5 meters vertically. It has been traditionally used to treat rheumatism, leprosy, various forms of cancer, and even had uses in the treatment of syphilis before the invention of anti-biotics. Besides it being rich in anti-fungal saponins, vitamins A, C, D, B, iron, manganese, sodium, silicon, sulfur, copper, zinc, and iodine, Sarsaparilla has also been shown to contain a high concentration of male hormones, making it a perfect herbal substitute to steroids in a sports and training environment.
Sarsaparilla is popular for its diuretic properties and for being able to cause sweating/urination. It is a fantastic tool for cleansing the body and blood from toxins. Because of this, Sarsaparilla has been used in the treatment of Lyme Disease as a potent anti-spirochaete that easily crosses the blood/brain barrier and binds to endotoxins. The plant’s benefits don’t stop here; however, as it is also sought for its anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, diuretic, and aphrodisiac properties.