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AYURVEDIC HERB SUPPLEMENTS

Jamaica Sarsaparilla Root (SMILAX OFFICINALIS AND SPP.)

Strengthens hormones and restores. Moistens as it disperses and detoxifies. Ideal for Vata ama due to weakness.

How Does This Ayurvedic Herb Supplement Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

Strengthens hormones and restores. Moistens as it disperses and detoxifies. Ideal for Vata ama due to weakness.

SUGGESTED USE

1 dropper full 2x/day or as directed by your practitioner.
How should I take my tincture?
Follow these guidelines

Biocharacteristics of Jamaica Sarsaparilla Root

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INCREASES
Guna Help

Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.

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HOT

ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.

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OILY

ABOUT OILY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

In Ayurveda, oily refers to anything moistening. More specifically, oily refers to building substances that increases fat, or are themselves fatty. For example, sugar is Oily.

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TASTES
Taste Help

The 6 Tastes

Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food. Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body. Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food. Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?

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BITTER

ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Bitter taste has cholagogue action - it is cold, clear, light, and stimulating. It increases digestive enzymes, laxative, and drying.

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PUNGENT

ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.

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SWEET

ABOUT SWEET BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

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DOSHAS
Dosha Help

The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying Pitta pacifying Vata pacifying
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Affinity:
Anti Aging

ANTI-AGING

Geriatric conditions typically involve low agni / metabolism, poor circulation, weakness & debility, muscle weakening, poor digestion, a drop in sex hormones, and connective tissue degradation in bones & skin.

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Family: Lilaceae
HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Jamaica Sarsaparilla Root
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

Digestive

DIGESTIVE

Herbs that encourage healthy digestion.

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Spleen Tonic

SPLEEN-TONIC

An herb that strengthens spleen function by improving strength of the blood. Spleen tonics Builds agni, brighten the person's appearances & firms up tissues.

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Internal Detoxicant

INTERNAL-DETOXICANT

Liquefies, dissolves, decongests or dislodges internal stagnant toxins. Decongests the lymphatic system.

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Diaphoretic

DIAPHORETIC

An herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.

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Antipoisonous

ANTIPOISONOUS

An antidote for a poison. Many anti-poisonous herbs draw out a poison and are good for insect bites. Others help burn it up.

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Immune Stimulant

IMMUNE-STIMULANT

Stimulates and strengthens the immune system. Helpful when fighting off a cold or flu.

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Blood Tonic

BLOOD-TONIC

An herb that produces more blood cells in the body, or otherwise improves blood cell quality or hemoglobin content. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.

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Diuretic

DIURETIC

Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.

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Estrogenic

ESTROGENIC

Increases estrogen, helpful in menopause. Estrogen is anabolic and increases muscle growth, bone density, and moisture.

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Progesteronic

PROGESTERONIC

Progeserone is the pregnancy hormone. It raises body temperature (Pitta), and suppresses menstruation. It is generally more extroverted.

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Constituents:
Steroidal Saponins

STEROIDAL-SAPONINS

Steroidal saponins closely resemble human hormones such as estrogen and cortisol, and have a hormonal activity in the body.

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Triterpene Saponins

TRITERPENE-SAPONINS

Triterpene saponins are generally expectorant and increase absorption. They irritate mucus membranes and are mucolytic. They bind to and reduce cholesterol, and detoxify by binding to bacterial edotoxins.

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Foods with a Similar Nature to Jamaica Sarsaparilla Root

Saffron

Saffron has these Actions in Common

Blood-tonic, Diuretic, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Antipoisonous, Digestive, Spleen-tonic

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Tarragon

Tarragon has these Actions in Common

Internal-detoxicant, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Antipoisonous, Diuretic, Diaphoretic

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Nigella (black cumin)

Nigella (black cumin) has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Spleen-tonic, Diaphoretic, Immune-stimulant, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant

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Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Diuretic

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Basil

Basil has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Diuretic, Spleen-tonic, Diaphoretic, Immune-stimulant

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Fenugreek

Fenugreek has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Spleen-tonic, Diaphoretic, Estrogenic, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant

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Sage

Sage has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Immune-stimulant, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Estrogenic, Spleen-tonic

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Mustard Powder

Mustard Powder has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Diuretic

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Black Pepper

Black Pepper has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Blood-tonic, Internal-detoxicant, Diaphoretic, Spleen-tonic

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Alfalfa Sprouts

Alfalfa Sprouts has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Spleen-tonic, Estrogenic, Blood-tonic, Internal-detoxicant

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Coriander Seed

Coriander Seed has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Diuretic, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Jamaica Sarsaparilla Root

Echinacea

Echinacea has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Immune-stimulant, Internal-detoxicant, Antipoisonous, Diaphoretic, Digestive

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Cumin, Coriander, Fennel Tea

Cumin, Coriander, Fennel Tea has these Actions in Common

Internal-detoxicant, Spleen-tonic, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Diuretic

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Kushta

Kushta has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Immune-stimulant, Internal-detoxicant, Diaphoretic, Digestive

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Manjistha

Manjistha has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Spleen-tonic, Blood-tonic, Diaphoretic

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Elecampane

Elecampane has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Immune-stimulant, Antipoisonous, Diaphoretic, Digestive

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Yarrow

Yarrow has these Actions in Common

Immune-stimulant, Internal-detoxicant, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Estrogenic

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Punarnava

Punarnava has these Actions in Common

Antipoisonous, Blood-tonic, Digestive, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant

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Wild Yam

Wild Yam has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Estrogenic, Progesteronic

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Anantamul

Anantamul has these Actions in Common

Blood-tonic, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant

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Mahasudarshan

Mahasudarshan has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Immune-stimulant, Spleen-tonic, Diaphoretic

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TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS

Jamaica Sarsaparilla Root may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any herb supplement for a condition is highly dependent on the individual. Please see your doctor before using this herb supplement to treat a medical condition.

HERB DRUG INTERACTION RISK

Here are some potential herb drug interactions. Please see your health care provider for more information.
  • Diuretic: Diuretics may clear pharmaceutical drugs more quickly, lowering the effect.

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