What are the active compounds in this herb? The healing actions of sarsaparilla are due to the presence of sapogenins, beta-sitosterol, glycosides, and essential oil. It is known to have alternative, anti-rheumatic, diuretic, and diaphoretic properties, and is also considered as a general tonic. Sarsaparilla root also is rich in nutrients, including iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, and zinc.
As an alternative this herb acts to correct imbalances in the body and to purify the blood of pollutants. In this way it can be considered as a beneficial herb for improving overall well-being. It is also specifically helpful for treating chronic skin conditions, including acne, eczema, and psoriasis. It will help to regulate hormones and is believed to contain compounds which aid testosterone in the body.
The cleansing action is also beneficial for rheumatoid arthritis as a build-up of toxins can be a contributing factor in the joint pain and inflammation of this condition. The beta-sitosterol is most likely responsible for sarsaparilla's known properties as an anti-rheumatic herb, helping the body deal with the natural process of inflammation.
Sarsaparilla's diuretic and diaphoretic properties also help to remove toxins from the body. Diuretic herbs encourage the release of toxins through the urine, diaphoretic herbs, through sweating.