Sarsaparilla is used for psoriasis and other skin diseases, sweat
inducer. Sarsaparilla is also used as an adjunct for treating
leprosy and for syphilis.
Mexican and Honduran sarsaparilla are used for treating
gonorrhea, fevers, and digestive disorders.
In manufacturing, sarsaparilla is used as a flavoring agent in
foods, beverages, and pharmaceuticals.
Mechanism of Action:
The applicable part of sarsaparilla is the root. Sarsaparilla is
thought to have antirheumatic, antiseptic, and antipruritic
activity;52 however, these effects have not been
Sarsaparilla contains about 2% saponins and other varied
constituents, including quercetin and phytosterols.
The saponin constituents53,52,54,55 may have diuretic,
sweat inducing, expectorant, and laxative effects.54
Sarsaparilla may improve appetite and digestion52 and
its extracts may improve psoriasis symptoms.52
Preliminary evidence suggests that sarsaparilla may have
hepato-protective and anti-inflammatory activity.52
None reported in therapeutic doses.
Interactions with Herbs & Supplements:
Interactions with Drugs:
Interactions with Foods:
Interactions with Lab Tests:
Dr Clare’s Blends: 1 gm per day.
Oral: The typical oral dose of sarsaparilla is 1-4 grams of the
dried root or one cup of the tea three times
Specific References: SARSAPARILLA
50. FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition,
Office of Premarket Approval, EAFUS: A food additive database.
Available at: vm.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/eafus.html.
51. McGuffin M, Hobbs C, Upton R, Goldberg A, eds. American
Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook. Boca
Raton, FL: CRC Press, LLC 1997.
52. Newall CA, Anderson LA, Philpson JD. Herbal Medicine: A
Guide for Healthcare Professionals. London, UK: The
Pharmaceutical Press, 1996.