• Clinical data 60%
  • Efficacy 70%
  • Security 80%
  • Toxicity 20%

Synonyms

Smilax acutifolia, Smilax cordifolia var. schiedeana, Smilax glaucocarpos y Smilax schiedeana

General appearance

This original Perennial from the Southwest of North America lends itself to be taken into account. Smilax cordifolia has little reliable information about its flowers, but these are equipped with dioecious reproductive units.

Traditional uses

Mexican sarsaparilla, Smilax cordifolia (the roots and rhizome) is a sweet, acrid, alterative herb that reduces inflammation, controls itching, improves digestion and elimination and is antiseptic. This is one of three species (the others are S. Febrifuga and S. Regelii) that gained a high reputation in the 17th century as cure-alls. They were widely imported into Europe until early in the 20th century, by which time their rather overrated reputation had waned somewhat. However, the plants do have a number of important medicinal benefits – in particular, their roots contain steroidal saponins which are an effective treatment for many cases of psoriasis; they also have hormonal effects, and may improve fertility in women with ovarian dysfunction. The rhizomes are alterative, digestive, febrifuge. A decoction is used in the treatment of fevers, digestive disorders, kidney troubles and gonorrhoea. It is also used against scrophulus, skin diseases and rheumatism.

Pharmacology

Phytoestrogenic, Sexual Stimulant, Depurative of the Blood, Sudorific, Diuretic. Phytoestrogenic, Relaxing, Anti-inflammatory, Antirheumatic.

Phytoestrogenic, Anti-inflammatory, Testerogenic.

Precautions

It should not be taken by pregnant or breastfeeding women or children under 6 years of age.

 

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