5 Health Benefits of Sarsaparilla

Sarsaparilla is a tropical, climbing vine with prickly stems that is native to Jamaica and areas in Central America.

For hundreds of year, locals in Jamaica and across the world have utilized the root of the sarsaparilla plant for treating various medical ailments such as arthritis and to remedy skin issues such as dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema. The sarsaparilla plant contains blood purifying  properties that make it suitable to be used to cure leprosy.

Recently, the sarsaparilla herb has been introduced into American and European medicine and is used in the treatment of syphilis.

Sarsaparilla has an abundance of plant chemicals that are known to have a healing effect on the human body. These chemicals, such as saponins, are helpful in the reduction of skin itching and joint pain. Other chemicals contained in sarsaparilla are instrumental in the reduction of inflammation and in preventing liver damage. In this article, we will review 5 health benefits of the sarsaparilla plant.


Sarsaparilla is helpful in the reduction of skin lesions in persons with psoriasis. The main chemical responsible for this, sarsaponin, has the ability to remove the toxins in the body that are responsible for the appearance of the lesions in psoriasis and totally remove them from the body.


Another benefit of the sarsaparilla plant is that it has excellent anti-inflammatory properties. These properties make it useful in the treatment of medical disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and other causes of joint pain and the swelling caused by gout.


Another health benefit of the sarsaparilla plant is its use as a powerful anti-bacterial and other microorganisms that have invaded the body. Sarsaparilla can be used to treat syphilis and although it is not as potent as pharmaceutical drugs and antibiotics, it is still useful as a natural remedy. Syphillis is a STD that is caused by bacteria and can be cured by sarsaparilla.


There have been recent scientific journal articles and studies that show that sarsaparilla exhibits anticancer properties in the cell lines of mice. Other studies in breast cancer tumors also show the antitumor properties of sarsaparilla. Still, more studies need to come on board in order to fully understand the anticancer properties of the sarsaparilla plant.

Protecting the liver

Finally, the sarsaparilla plant has numerous health benefits for the liver. Research that was conducted in rats has shown that sarsaparilla was able to reverse liver damage in rats causing the liver to return to functioning at its best.