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(Smilax officinalis)

PART USED: Rootstock.

Source of natural plant hormones (testosterone) that stimulate glands to purify body of fatty poisons.
Carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, tonic; used as a blood cleanser.
Has been used for gout, rheumatism, colds, fevers, catarrh, flatulence.
Externally, the tea has been used as a wash for skin problems, ringworm, and scrofula.

©2001 by Ernestina Parziale, CH