Sarsaparilla (Smilax) is a bramble, woody vine that grows up to 50 meters long, with paired tendrils for climbing (often high into the rainforest canopy). It produces small flowers and black, blue, or red berry-like fruits which are eaten greedily by birds. Smilax, a member of the lily family, is native to tropical and temperate parts of the world and comprises about 350 species worldwide. It is native to South America, Jamaica, the Caribbean, Mexico, Honduras, and the West Indies. The name sarsaparilla or zarzaparilla comes from the Spanish word zarza (bramble or bush), parra (vine), and illa (small)—a small, bramble vine.
Clinical research has validated the traditional use of sarsaparilla for skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, acne, and leprosy. In 1942, it was reported in the New England Journal of Medicine that Sarsaparilla treatment improved the condition of psoriasis dramatically. The study involved 92 patients and it was reported that that it improved symptoms in 62% of the cases and completely cleared them in 18% of cases. One of the possible mechanisms of action in psoriasis is sarsaparilla’s blood cleansing properties. Individuals with psoriasis have been found to have high levels of endotoxins circulating in the bloodstream (endotoxins are cell wall fragments of normal gut bacteria). Sarsaponin, one of sarsaparilla’s main components, was found to bind to these endotoxins and remove them, thus improving the psoriasis condition.
Sarsaparilla root has been used for centuries by the indigenous peoples of Central and South America for sexual impotence, rheumatism, skin ailments, and as a general tonic for physical weakness. It has long been used by tribes in Peru and Honduras for headaches and joint pain, and against the common cold. Many shamans and medicine men in the Amazon use sarsaparilla (Smilax) root internally and externally for leprosy and other skin problems such as psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis.
PsoEasy’s natural and unique treatment formula contains over 20 different active natural extracts that have demonstrated great results relieving symptoms caused by inflammatory skin diseases such as psoriasis, atopic dermatitis and eczema. Years of research has gone into developing this unique preparation which has proven effective for many psoriasis sufferers worldwide. Most of these ingredients are anti inflammatory extracts including Saraparilla. Other ingredients in the PsoEasy psoriasis cream include Mahonia aquifolium, Camomile, Rosemary and chickweed.
European physicians considered Smilax root a tonic, blood purifier, diuretic, and sweat promoter. Smilax root, with its reputation as a blood purifier, it was registered as an official herb in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia as a treatment herb from 1820 to 1910. From the 1500s to the present, sarsaparilla has been used as a blood purifier and general tonic and also has been used worldwide for gout, rheumatism, wounds, arthritis, fever, cough, scrofula, hypertension, digestive disorders, psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, skin diseases, and cancer.