• Clinical data 90%
  • Efficacy 80%
  • Security 80%
  • Toxicity 20%


Smilax aristolochiaefolia, Smilax aspera, Smilax febrifuga, Smilax regelii, Smilax regelii, Smilax utilis

Major chemical constituents

Triterpene saponosides: sarsasapogenin, smilagenin. Essential oil. Starch. Hill. Mineral salts, especially potassium. Tannins Phytosterols: stigmasterol, beta-sitosterol.

Medicinal uses of Smilax aristolochiaefolia

Commission E discourages its administration by considering its therapeutic indications insufficiently tested and the possible risk of its use (see precautions).

Smilax aristolochiaefolia popularly it is one of the most used drugs as “depurative” in dermatological problems: acne, eczema, ichthyosis, psoriasis; in joint rheumatism or to “reduce the blood”, from which derives its popular name of “bloodsucker”.


Smilax aristolochiaefolia Traditionally as it has been used as diuretic and sudorific.

Side effects

The intake of sarsaparilla preparations can cause gastric irritation and a temporary increase in diuresis.


Drug interactions: it is considered that it can interfere in an uncontrolled way in the pharmacokinetics of other medicines administered simultaneously: it has been described that in some cases it produces an increase in absorption (digitalis, bismuth salts), while in others it accelerates its renal elimination (hypnotic).

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