Sarsaparilla is a plant. The root is used to make medicine.
Sarsaparilla is used for treating psoriasis and other skin diseases, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and kidney disease; for increasing urination to reduce fluid retention; and for increasing sweating. Sarsaparilla is also used along with conventional drugs for treating leprosy and for syphilis.
- Psoriasis. Sarsaparilla extracts may improve psoriasis symptoms.
- Digestive problems. Sarsaparilla may improve appetite and digestion.
- Rheumatoid arthritis.
- Kidney problems.
- Fluid retention.
Sarsaparilla seems safe for most people when used as a medicine. It might cause stomach irritation, especially when used in larger amounts.