Sarsaparilla, Ichnocarpus fruitescens
Parts used: Root.
Constituents: Sapogenins, glycosides, essential oil, beta-sitosterol, resin, sugar, fat.
Actions: Alterative, Tonic, Diuretic, Blood-cleansing, Diaphoretic, Carminative, Anti-inflammatory.
Indications:
Venereal/skin diseases, herpes, +hypericum, gentian. Epilepsy, insanity, chronic nervous diseases, debility, turbid urine, colds, catarrhal problems.
Balances testosterone and tones the sexual organs, impotence.
Infections of urinary tract, Arthritis, rheumatism, gout +Burdock.
And +Yellow Dock, Cleavers, and Burdock for psoriasis.
Fevers.
Abdominal distension, intestinal gas, flatulence.
Cleanses the mind of negative emotions, therefore nervous disorders.
Saponin binds to endotoxin; clearance psoriasis, arthritis.
Externally, as a wash for genital sores, herpes, scrofula, scabies, ringworm.
Herbal extract: 25-60mL per week.
Energetics: slightly cooling, very dry, bitter, sweet. Dosha: VP-K=.
Meridians: liver, stomach, kidneys.
Contraindications: None.