Consequences of taking sarsaparilla
What is sarsaparilla and what applications does it have?
Sarsaparilla (Smilax aspera ) is a climbing vine that is found in the Mediterranean forests.
Used parts and active principles
Uses of sarsaparilla
It has diuretic, anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective, digestive and appetizing properties.
What contraindications does sarsaparilla have?
Many specialists consider that the use of sarsaparilla root, in therapeutic doses, does not present problems.
The main contraindications are:
- Avoid continued administration: The use of this plant regularly or in long treatments is not recommended. In excess, saponins can irritate the gastrointestinal tract and cause diarrhea or vomiting.
- Intestinal diseases: The use of sarsaparilla and its administration as a medicinal plant is not recommended, given that saponins can irritate the digestive system. Sarsaparilla is contraindicated in case of diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, gastritis, heartburn, Crohn’s disease, colitis, etc.
- Hypertension: It is not recommended for people with hypertension or taking medication because increasing diuresis, can lead to an imbalance in blood pressure.
- Medications: Administration of sarsaparilla may interfere with the absorption of certain medications. It should not be taken by people under pharmacological treatment without the consent of their doctor.
- The fruits of sarsaparilla are toxic. Its consumption causes vomiting and diarrhea. It can also cause a high reduction of red blood cells due to the hemolytic properties of saponins.
- Sarsaparilla has to be avoided in pregnancy and lactation
The administration of this plant in case of pregnancy and lactation is not recommended.
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