Sarsaparilla can act as an anti-inflammatory and cleansing agent. The herb cab be invaluable in bringing quick relief for a wide array of disorders and problems, such as for instance, skin problems such as psoriasis, eczema and itchiness, and can help treat gout, rheumatism, and rheumatoid arthritis. Certain experts advocate the herb is a very good medicine with potential use for treating impotence. This is because sarsaparilla has a specifically testosterogenic action on the body. This can lead to a dramatic increase in one's muscle bulk. The fact that sarsaparilla has a progesterogenic action means that the herb can be used to bring relief to women suffering from symptoms of menopause and other menstrual problems, like the premenstrual syndrome. In certain cases where menopause is associated with debility and depression sarsaparilla can be very useful. As a matter of fact, Native Amazonian people have been known to take sarsaparilla to improve their virility and to treat problems associated with menopause.
Sarsaparilla species generally grow in tropical rainforests and in temperate regions in Australia and Asia, and the root of the herb can be gathered during the year.
According to the experts, leptospirosis is a rare and dreaded disease that can be transmitted to human beings from rats. Several tests carried out by Chinese experts and researchers showed that the herb sarsaparilla holds great potential for curing this disease quickly and efficiently. In the treatment of syphilis too, sarsaparilla was used in combination with five other herbs, and in almost 90% of the most severe and acute cases, it was found that the disease showed signs of subsiding soon after sarsaparilla was applied.
Herbalists advise that at least nine grams of the dried root of sarsaparilla must be taken, either in the form of capsules or tablets, everyday, in divided dosages. If one is using tincture, then it can be used in the amount of 3 ml thrice daily. Sarsaparilla is however taken in conjunction and combination with various other herbs, and seldom alone.
It has been found that the herb sarsaparilla can cause nausea and kidney damage in some cases, and therefore, experts advise that large dosages of the herb taken over long periods of time must be avoided at all costs. Since sarsaparilla can increase absorption and/or elimination of bismuth and digitalis, such combinations are contraindicated and must therefore be avoided.