Sarsaparilla is native to South America, but Smilax species with medicinal benefit are common around the world. Sarsaparilla is thought to bind endotoxins. Endotoxins are the debris created when pathogenic bacteria are killed off.

Sarsaparilla also offers antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is commonly used in Lyme disease protocols. Traditionally, it is used for treatment of psoriasis and other skin conditions.

Also, sarsaparilla has been used traditionally for treatment of syphilis (another spirochete, like Borrelia). Sarsaparilla increases bioavailability of other herbs and enhances benefit (synergist). Other beneficial properties include potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It also enhances immune function.

Sarsaparilla is a synergist for Lyme protocols and important for restoration of gastrointestinal function.

Suggested dosage: 200-1000 mg of standardized root extract two to three times daily.

Side effects: Uncommon. Sarsaparilla is generally well tolerated.

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