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What Is Sarsaparilla Used for Today?
There are no medicinal uses of sarsaparilla with meaningful scientific support.
Like numerous other herbs, sarsaparilla contains substances in the saponin family. One of these, sarsasapogenin, is often said to reproduce the effect of various hormones. However, there is no evidence whatsoever to support this claim.
Based on traditional usage, as well as ungrounded extrapolation from test tube findings, sarsaparilla is sold today as a treatment for psoriasis and other skin problems as well as cancer, menstrual disorders, and asthma . Other unsubstantiated uses include enhancing sexual function, improving mental function in Alzheimer’s disease , protecting the liver, and improving sports performance.
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