Sarsaparilla {Hemidesmus indicus}

Sarsaparilla or Indian sarsaparilla balances Vata, Pitta and Kapha

Ayurveda Characteristic and Uses

  1. Effect on doshas – Good for pacifying all three doshas
  2. Taste – Sweet
  3. Energetics – Cooling
  4. Main Traditional Action: Blood purifier, skin remedy, antidiarrheal
  5. Other Traditional Uses: Stimulates the flow of bile and removes toxins, diuretic, chronic rheumatism, and urinary diseases

Modern Research

Studies have been done on the herb and its components showing such effects as:an antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungial, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, antithrombotic anticancer, antiatherogenic antidiarrhoeal, antigenotoxic, hypoglycemic and immunomodulatory effects, anti snake venom activity, enhancement in the absorption of water and electrolytes, antinociceptive and hepatoprotective activity.