Sarsaparilla Officinalis is one of the best anti-inflammatory homeopathic medicines. It is a vegetable kingdom remedy, proved by the father of homeopathy Dr. Hahnemann. It is commonly known as Wild Liquorice or Smilax and belongs to the family Similaceae.
The chief localities of the action of sarsaparilla are on the urinary organs, rectum, and skin. It is indicated mostly in the cases where there is great pain at the end of the micturition. It is also useful for clearing the complexion and is given by many homeopaths for cosmetic use.
The medicine is prepared by trituration and tinctures are prepared from the dried rhizome roots. The plant of Sarsaparilla grows as shrubs and produces reddish and crimson-colored berry fruits. it is found on the eastern slopes of the Mexican Andes.
Sarsaparilla is suited to a dark-haired person with lithic diathesis which means patients tend to develop stones in the bladder and uric acid formation. It is the best-suited remedy for children whose facial expression appears like old people, having an enlarged abdomen and dry, flabby skin. There is great emaciation and the skin becomes shriveled or lies in folds.
Guiding Symptoms of Sarsaparilla
Sarsaparilla is a very useful medicine for urinary tract infections as well as painful urination that extorts screams and is worse at the close of urination. There is severe or almost unbearable pain after urination. It is also one of the best remedies for treating uric acid irritation, especially in children.
Sarsaparilla also has marked action on the sexual organs of both males and females. It is highly effective in treating gonorrhea followed by rheumatism in males. In females when there is retraction of nipples and the nipples are small, withered, and unexcitable which can be corrected by this medicine.
It is effective in treating itch-like small eruptions on the skin or rashes that generally appears in spring and later these eruptions become crusty.
It is a useful remedy for treating marasmus in children and also helps to correct their nutrition deficiency in them. The emaciation in sarsaparilla is more marked on the neck which is one of the characteristics symptoms of this medicine.
This article will cover from head to toe all the complaints body. And wherever the symptoms are matched, this medicine can be used-
Sarsaparilla patients have very strange actions on the mind. They are the persons who are merrier and livelier than usual but, when their health gets deranged then their suffering becomes unbearable to them.
The soul and the body of the patient become restless at night. The mind becomes depressed, the mood becomes dull and there is great anxiety also. Patient moans involuntarily and they are inclined to weep by thinking they can’t bear the pain, itch, or any other sufferings.
Patients become sad and depressed and absorbed within themselves. They get develop an aversion to almost everything and nothing gives them pleasure. There is much confusion of the mind can’t focus on one particular thing due to irritation in the urinary tract, skin, or genitals.
Sarsaparilla is a wonderful remedy for nervous headaches in the occiput and extending into the eyes. The headache mainly develops due to anxiety, nervousness, and excessive worries can be treated by this medicine.
it is seen in the patients who need sarsaparilla that almost every activity can aggravate their headache, like talking and walking. Patients want to lie down and can’t able to speak during headaches because every word reverberates in their heads.
It is an indicated remedy for sensitive scalp and to control falling of hair. There are a lot of itch-like eruptions on the scalp which patients complain about and it cannot give relief by scratching. In this condition, Sarsaparilla can be used to give relief.
Sarsaparilla is indicated in treating related symptoms especially when there is lachrymation from the eyes due to straining while reading and also associated with burning and pain in the eyeballs.
Patients complain about agglutination of the eyelids in the morning while walking. Eyelids are inflamed and agglutinated in the morning with burning pain in them and lachrymose in the daytime. It is also effective in treating dim vision and blurred vision in patients.
Sarsaparilla is used to treat earaches due to glandular swelling. There is inflammation and swellings of the glands in the ears which begins to suppurate and can be treated b this medicine.
Patients also complain about drawing and visible twitching of the lobules of the ear and painful constriction about the external ear. It is also effective in treating tinnitus.
Sarsaparilla is indicated to treat cold and coryza. The nose gets blocked with mucus without sneezing and causes difficulty in breathing. Mucus is stuffed inside the nose and no air passes through the nose.
This medicine is also effective in recovering frequent nose bleeding. This medicine is clinically indicated to treat epistaxis with a feeling as if small bubbles are bursting in the nose.
Sarsaparilla is an indicated medicine for toothache and gum bleeding. Teeth are very sensitive to cold air or water and there is stinging and tearing pain in the teeth. Teeth are very sensitive to biting over them and pain mostly during eating.
There is swelling and soreness of the gums and they are sensitive that they get start bleeding after picking. This medicine is also indicated to treat aphthae on the tongue and palate. There is a whitish coating over the tongue and offensive breath comes from the mouth with a bitter and metallic taste of saliva.
Sarsaparilla is a very good remedy for relaxing the stiffness and tension of the masseter muscles of the face and the joints of the jaws.
The jaw’s bones ache as if it gets broken during mastication. One bending the head back there is pressing stinging pain over the edge of the lower jaw which can be relieved with this medicine.
Sarsaparilla Officinalis is effective in treating hoarseness in the throat. There is an accumulation of phlegm inside the throat every morning which drives the patient to constantly hawk.
The phlegm in the throat is so tough that it couldn’t swallow or removed.
There is a spasmodic constriction in the throat with difficult breathing. Patients forced themselves to loosen their clothes to get sufficient breath.
When the patient swallows, there is a pain in the throat with a feeling of rawness and roughness. This roughness and dryness in the throat excite cough. Therefore, it is also indicated medicine for treating dry cough.
Sarsaparilla is clinically indicated to treat dyspnoea or painful breathing due to constriction in the chest and throat. There is stinging pain under the ribs and in the middle of the sternum during inspiration which can be cured by this remedy.
There is tightness in the chest with dyspnoea so the patient loses his necktie and clothes around the chest to get sufficient air. The oppression in the chest gets aggravated by walking and causes impeding respiration.
Sarsaparilla patients have anxiety and fearfulness about their sufferings that make their hearts beat faster. Hence, they have complaints of constant palpitation with dull pain in the cardiac region.
It is an effective medicine for treating hypo-tension or low blood pressure in the patient.
The pulse of the patients often seems febrile and low, in such cases this medicine is useful to recover the condition and provide relief.
It is useful in gastric cases where there is an ardent desire for eating food, patients’ appetite is increased and they feel hungry soon after having a meal. They want juicy fruits more. It is an indicated medicine for bitter and sour eructation on empty stomach.
This medicine is effective in treating severe nausea with a constant inclination to vomit. Vomiting of bitter substance with great efforts and patients feel as if it makes them sick as death and break all his bones.
Sarsaparilla is a valuable remedy for indigestion, especially after dinner. There is heaviness in the stomach with burning and pain in the pit making the patients belch constantly
Abdomen and Rectum symptoms
Sarsaparilla is indicated to treat the distension of the stomach due to accumulation of flatus. There is griping pain in the intestine that makes the patient irritable and restless which becomes better by doubling up and by emission of flatus which is very offensive.
It is a useful medicine for liver-related pathologies like hepatomegaly or enlarged liver. Patients often complain about constant pain on the right side of the abdomen that is ameliorated by walking.
It is used to treat ulcers in the anus because of much staring during stool. The ulcers bear black pustules and are open with pain. There is burning and itching in the anus after fluid stools that get ameliorated by scratching.
It is clinically indicated to treat obstinate constipation, with violent urging to urinate. There is pressure as if the bowels would be pressed out.
Sarsaparilla is one of the most valuable remedies for urinary tract disease. It is clinically indicated to treat infection of the urinary tract where, there is severe, almost unbearable pain at the conclusion of urine.
There is burning in the urethra during menstrution with an increase in the frequency of urination.
Urine passes very little or scanty and growing turbid on standing like clay water and urine deposits a cloud. It is effective in treating stones in the bladder that obstructs the passage of urination.
This medicine is also useful in treating neuralgia or renal colic, where, there is excruciating pain in the renal region that extends downwards and makes the patient irritable.
Sarsaparilla is a good remedy used for treating male sexual-related disorders. It is highly given by homeopaths to treat gonorrhea checked by cold, and wet weather and followed by rheumatism.
Patients often complain about nocturnal emissions followed by backache, dim vision, etc which can be treated by this medicine.
There is an intolerable stench on the genitals organs and also swelling of the spermatic cord with soreness, especially following sexual excitement.
Sarsaparilla Officinalis has marked action on the genitals of both males and females. It is mainly indicated to treat dysmenorrhea or painful menses characterized by retracted nipples. Effective in curing the retraction of nipples, the nipples are small, withered, and unexcitable.
Hand and Leg symptoms
Sarsaparilla is a valuable remedy for treating rheumatic pain in the bone of the extremities after taking a cold or change in the weather or checking gonorrhea. There is extreme pain in the arm as if thrust or blow on moving them.
Sarsaparilla Officinalis is used to treat cramps in the calf and tearing in the muscles of the extremities. There is cracking in the angle on every motion. There is drawing pain in the sole with burning and itching and tensive pain in the tendons as if the toes were drawn inward. These conditions can be treated by sarsaparilla
Sarsaparilla is a well-known remedy for treating soreness and bruised pain in the sacral region. There is tensive pain from the sacrum across the hip joint on motion, interfering with walking.
It is also an indicated medicine for stitching pain in the back from the scapula down beside the spine to the last rib that gets aggravated on inspiration and deep inspiration arrests to breath.
Sarsaparilla is one of the most indicated medicines for treating herpetic eruption on the skin and many other skin-related disorders and diseases like ulcers, allergic rashes from exposure to open air, dry, itch-like eruptions, and rhagades.
It is effective in curing the cracked skin of hands and feet having pain and burning particularly on the sides of fingers and toes. The skin of the patient is hard and indurated and also effective in treating boils and clear vesicles on the skin. There is itching here and there in the body with warmth in the parts which is ameliorated by scratching but reappears after some time.
During the chill stage of fever, there is shivering of the body, chattering of teeth, cold feet, and heat of the face and chest, from below upward and then the whole body. There is a shaking chill during fever and the patient demands hot sup that makes them feel better.
In the heat stage of the fever, there is increased thirst and lots of sweats on the forehead, especially at night. These are the symptoms indicating sarsaparilla that can be given during fever.
Modalities are the factors that, increase or decrease the complaints in a patient.
They are categorized as aggravating factors and amelioration factors.
Aggravating factors make the condition of the illness worst, while the amelioration factor makes the condition of the disease better.
It can be time, any part of the day, season, position, or any applications, etc.
The complaints of Sarsaparilla get worse at the close of micturition, in soring and cols, wet weather, at night, after suppressed gonorrhea, and by yawning.
Almost all the conditions of Sarsaparilla are better by uncovering the neck or chest especially breathing problems and back and urinary problems better by standing.
Relationship with Other Medicine
This remedy completes the process of cure that is started by the first medicine given.
The remedy complementary to Sarsaparilla is Sepia.
The medicines compatible with sarsaparilla are – Hep; Phos; Rhus; Sic; Sulph.
The bad effects of Sarsaparilla are antidoted by Belladonna and Merc.
Sarsaparilla is a well-known antidote to the bad effects of Mercury.
Sarsaparilla officinalis Dosage & Potencies
The dosage and potency of the medicine depend on the individual case.
Sarsaparilla officinalis 30 Uses
Lower potency is given when very few symptoms of the patient match with Sarsaparilla Officinalis and help the doctor only to diagnose the disease condition.
This potency requires frequent repetition, 3-4 times a day, till the expected result is seen.
Sarsaparilla officinalis 200 Uses
This is considered as higher potency; they are given when the majority of mental symptoms and physical symptoms of Sarsaparilla Officinalis are matched with the disease individuals.
Higher potencies are advisable to be not repeated very often; they act for a long duration of days, so the second dose is repeated every 7-days or every 15-days once.
Sarsaparilla officinalis 1M Uses
This is a very high potency of Sarsaparilla medicine. One should give it only after careful case analysis, where all medicinal symptoms of Sarsaparilla and that given by the patient match perfectly.
One should not repeat 1 M potency. It is given 30 days once and waiting for symptoms to disappear or until any new symptoms appear.
Sarsaparilla Officinalis Q (Mother Tincture) Uses
The mother tincture of Sarsaparilla is acting as a tonic that boosts stamina in weak dull patients and marasmus children. The tincture of this medicine is highly useful in treating the urinary problem, rheumatism and skin problems, etc.
Take 10 drops of Sarsaparilla Officinalis tincture in half cup water thrice a day for 15 days and repeat only if new symptoms appear.
Sarsaparilla officinalis 3X/6X Uses
This lower potency of Sarsaparilla works well in conditions like rheumatic pain in the joints, skin problems, irregular menses, male sexual organs problems, and gastric and liver diseases.
Take 10 drops of dilution directly on the tongue one time a day till the symptoms disappear.
Clinical Indication of Sarsaparilla officinalis
- The affection for urinary bladder
- Urinary tract infections
- Stones in ureter
- Constipation and diarrhea
- Affection of liver
- Sore throat
- Dry cough
- Retracted nipples
- Herpetic eruptions
Sarsaparilla officinalis Side Effects
Homeopathic medicines are prepared by potentization where the dynamic curative power of the medication is aroused, so homeopathic medicines produce negligible side effects.
If any side effects of Sarsaparilla are seen then, it can be antidoted by Belladonna or Merc.