Last update Oct. 11, 2017
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Common Smilax is also known as Sarsaparilla. Here it is a list of alternative known names::
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The roots of this shrub are used.
It contains triterpene saponosides, essential oils, starch, choline, mineral salts (K), tannins and phytosterols.
Properties traditionally attributed to it without any clinical evidence: diuretic, depurative, sudorific, antirheumatic.
Commission E of the German Ministry of Health does not consider any of its indications to be proven and advises against its use (Blumenthal 1998 p.372).
Since the last update we have not found published data about its excretion in breast milk.
Although apparently lacking toxicity, there are very few publications on this plant and no proven health effects, making its consumption totally non-essential, especially during breastfeeding.
Precautions when taking plant preparations:
1. Ensure that they are from a reliable source: poisoning has occurred due to confusing one plant with another with toxic properties, as well as poisoning from heavy metals extracted from the ground and food poisoning due to contamination with bacteria or fungi.
2. Do not take in large amounts; follow recommendations from professional experts in phytotherapy. "Natural" products are not always good in any quantity: plants contain active substances from which much of our traditional pharmacopoeia has been obtained and can result in poisoning or act as endocrine disruptors if taken in excessive amounts or time periods.