Sarsaparilla is a plant. The root is used to make medicine.
Sarsaparilla is used for treating psoriasis and other skin diseases, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and kidney disease; for increasing urination to reduce fluid retention; and for increasing sweating. Sarsaparilla is also used along with conventional drugs for treating leprosy and for syphilis.
Mexican and Honduran sarsaparillas are used for treating gonorrhea, fevers, and digestive disorders.