Commone names:

Smilax, Sarsaparilla, Smilax gabra, Smilax medica, Tu Fu Ling.


Traditional uses of Sarsaparilla:

It binds endotoxins in the blood – it purifies the blood, has a modulating effect on the immune system, is antibacterial, antifungal, anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective and protects the nervous system. It increases the bioavailability of other herbs and medicines, it is an antioxidant. It is also a painkiller, has anti-rheumatic, anti-allergic and anti-asthmatic effects. Helps relieve fatigue.

Uses of Sarsaparilla in the treatment of Lyme disease::

In Lyme disease Sarsaparilla has the following effects:

  • reduces the strength of Herxheimer reactions through the ability to bind endotoxins in the blood, which are released by dead spirochete and other co-infections
  • works against Lyme disease
  • has anti-inflammatory effects in case of joint symptoms
  • manifests a wide systemic effect, including the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier
  • has an effect on the brain, helping reduce cognitive impairment and protecting it from neurodegeneration
  • restores autoimmune reactions to normal
  • helps relieve the skin symptoms associated with Lyme disease
  • strengthens the liver’s function
  • strengthens the action of other herbs and medicines used in Lyme disease.

Side effects:

High doses may cause intestinal disturbances.


Sarsaparilla may not be used by pregnant women.



Sarsaparilla may increase the absorption of digitalis (cardiac drugs) and bismuth (gastroenterological medicines). The herb causes an increase in the elimination of hypnotics and anesthetics.

Bismuth-Sarsaparilla interactions refer to high doses of bismuth used in medicine.


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