Also called American sarsaparilla and moonseed, so called from the crescent-shaped seeds. Yellow parilla grows in most of the Eastern U.S. The taste is bitter and nearly inodorous. It yields its virtues to water and alcohol.
Its influence will be manifest through the mucous membrane, stomach, gall ducts, liver, and small intestines. It has a distinct alterative and tonic influence upon all the secreting organs and will slightly increase the general circulation.
Considered superior to Jamaica sarsaparilla by some as an alterative, it is often used as a substitute in the treatment of scrofula, syphilis, blood diseases, skin troubles, arid cutaneous diseases generally.
Yellow parilla is useful in biliousness, atonic indigestion, atonic dyspepsia, glandular swellings, rheumatism, scrofulous and mercurial rheumatism, debility, secondary syphilis, and indolent ulcers. May be combined with yellow dock, burdock root, white oak, dandelion, false bittersweet and poke for added value.
Combined with remedies that have an especial influence upon the respiratory passages, it is very valuable for the lungs, chronic bronchitis, phthisis, and scrofulous conditions, especially in tuberculosis of the lungs, as it will increase expectoration.
As a hepatic alterant, use, all FE., yellow parilla, burdock root and dandelion in equal parts. As an alterative in skin diseases use, all FE, yellow parilla 3 Dr., white ash 4 Dr., false bittersweet 3 Dr., in 4 oz. of syrup of ginger.
The infusion is made of 1 t. ROOT cut small to 1 C. boiling water, drinking 1 C. cold during the day. The Fl. X is believed to more fully represent the healing virtues of the plant.