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Sarsaparilla Root Cut - 60 capsules - Herbal Collection

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Smilax ornata

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May help with


  • depurative
  • psoriasis
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • joint pains
  • increasing sweating


Source : http://www.wikiphyto.org/wiki/Salsepareille


Reference on http://www.wikiphyto.org


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plant name


  1. Sarsaparilla , European sarsaparilla , spiny bindweed , poor man's asparagus
  2. Mexican Sarsaparilla = Vera Cruz Sarsaparilla
  3. Honduran Sarsaparilla


International Latin denomination


  1. Smilax aspera L.
  2. Smilax aristolochiaefolia Mill. = Smilax medica Schlecht. and Cham.
  3. Smilax sarsaparilla L. = Smilax ornata Hook. f.


botanical family



  • Smilacaceae


Description and habitat


  • Lianoid plants, famous for their rhizomatous strain from which we collect the very long roots of the diameter of a pencil
  • Smilax medica is native to Central America (Mexico)
  • Smilax aspera , the European sarsaparilla is common in the woods of the South of France, its fruit is a small green globose berry then dark purple or even black when ripe
    • The leaves are heart-shaped, leathery and spiny on the edges and under the main vein, the petiole bears two tendrils at its base, white, yellowish or greenish flowers, fragrant, located in the leaf axils


History and tradition


  • Smilax medica = Smilax aristolochiaefolia  : its root was widely imported into Europe until around 1930, because of its antisyphillitic properties
    • She is called Zarzaparilla
    • Its name would come from the Spanish, zarzaparrilla deriving from zarza = "bramble", and parrilla = "little trellis"
  • Smilax aspera  : its root was used during Antiquity in Europe as a crown to treat headaches, it was held as an antidote to poisons
  • Young shoots can be eaten like wild asparagus


Parts used


  • Underground part


Dosage forms available



Usual dosages




Main components of the plant



Main components of buds or young shoots


Main components of essential oil




Plant properties



Bud properties


Properties of essential oil




Indications of the whole plant (phytotherapy)


  • Degenerative arthritis and rheumatism, gout
  • Flu syndromes, colds
  • Dermatological diseases: eczema, psoriasis
  • Flu syndromes, anorexia
  • Herpes


Indications of the bud (gemmotherapy)


Specific indications of essential oil (aromatherapy)


Known or suspected mode of action


Usual formulations





Possible side effects and precautions for use


  • Can lead to kidney problems


Bibliographic references


  1. Aller↑ Belhouchet, Z., Sautour, M., Miyamoto, T., & Lacaille-Dubois, MA (2008). Steroidal Saponins from the Roots of Smilax aspera subsp. mauritanica. Chemical and Pharmaceutical Bulletin, 56(9), 1324-1327.
  2. Aller↑ Sautour, M., Miyamoto, T., & Lacaille-Dubois, MA (2006). Bioactive steroidal saponins from Smilax medica. Plantamedica, 72(07), 667-670.
  3. Aller↑ Kostova, I., Dinchev, D., & Ivanova, A. (2012). Tribulus terrestris L. and Smilax species–Chemistry and bioactivity. Folk Herbal Medicine And Drug Discovery, 12.
  4. Aller↑ Ayengar, KNN, & Rangaswami, S. (1967). Occurrence of 31-norcycloartanol in smilax aspera linn. Tetrahedron Letters, 8(37), 3567-3570.
  5. Aller↑ Karuza, L., Petricic, J., Pitarevic, I., & Blekic, J. (1993). Tannins and flavonoid compounds in the plant Smilax aspera L. Farmaceutski Glasnik, 49, 99-99.
  6. Aller↑ Luigia Longo, Giuseppe Vasapollo. Extraction and identification of anthocyanins from Smilax aspera L. berries. Food Chemistry, Volume 94, Issue 2, January 2006, Pages 226-231
  7. Aller↑ Delgado-Pelayo, R., & Hornero-Méndez, D. (2012). Identification and quantitative analysis of carotenoids and their esters from sarsaparilla (Smilax aspera L.) berries. Journal of agricultural and food chemistry, 60(33), 8225-8232.
  8. Aller↑ Khare CP (2007). Indian Medicinal Plants: An Illustrated Dictionary. Springer-Verlag, Berlin.
  9. Aller↑ Sautour, M., Miyamoto, T., & Lacaille-Dubois, MA (2005). Steroidal saponins from Smilax medica and their antifungal activity. Journal of natural products, 68(10), 1489-1493.
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  12. Aller↑ Victoria L. Challinor, Peter G. Parsons, Sonet Chap, Eve F. White, Joanne T. Blanchfield, Reginald P. Lehmann, James J. De Voss. Steroidal saponins from the roots of Smilax sp.: Structure and bioactivity. Steroids, Volume 77, Issue 5, 2012, Pages 504-511, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.steroids.2012.01.009 .
  13. Aller↑ Cappadone, C., Mandrone, M., Chiocchio, I., Sanna, C., Malucelli, E., Bassi, V., ... & Poli, F. (2020). Antitumor potential and phytochemical profile of plants from sardinia (Italy), a hotspot for biodiversity in the mediterranean basin. Seedlings, 9(1), 26.
  14. Aller↑ Kikuchi, T., Akihisa, T., Tokuda, H., Ukiya, M., Watanabe, K., & Nishino, H. (2007). Cancer chemopreventive effects of cycloartane-type and related triterpenoids in in vitro and in vivo models. Journal of natural products, 70(6), 918–922. https://doi.org/10.1021/np068044u
  15. Aller↑ Velasco-Lezama, R., Claudia, GR, Rafaela, TA, & Ramos, RR (2006). Hematopoietic activity of Smilax aristolochiaefolia in vitro and in vivo.
  16. Aller↑ Velasco-Lezama, R., Torres, AM, Aguilar, RT, Saenz, JLF, Padilla, MF, Avila, EV, & Escorcia, EB (2009, January). Hematopoietic activity of smilax aristolochiaefolia (zarzaparrilla) in mice with aplastic anemia. In Proceedings of the Western Pharmacology Society (Vol. 52, pp. 83-87).
  17. Aller↑ Amaro, CAB, González-Cortazar, M., Herrera-Ruiz, M., Román-Ramos, R., Aguilar-Santamaría, L., Tortoriello, J., & Jiménez-Ferrer, E. (2014). Hypoglycemic and hypotensive activity of a root extract of Smilax aristolochiifolia, standardized on N-trans-feruloyl-tyramine. Molecules, 19(8), 11366-11384.
  18. Aller↑ Xia, Zongqin, Hu, Yaer, Rubin, Ian, et al. Steroidal sapogenins and their derivatives for treating Alzheimer's disease. US Patent Application No. 10/894,425, August 17, 2006.
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  27. Aller↑ Liang, C., Lim, JH, Kim, SH, & Kim, DS (2012). Dioscin: a synergistic tyrosinase inhibitor from the roots of Smilax china. Food chemistry, 134(2), 1146-1148.
  • Rangaswami, S., & Ayengar, KNN (1968). Chemical Components of Smilax aspera (Sarsaparilla). J.Res. Indian Med, 3(1), 1.


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