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Sarsaparilla Root
Saw Palmetto
Shepherd's Purse
Siberian Ginseng
See: Ginseng, Siberian
Slippery Elm
St. John's Wort
Stone Root

Sarsaparilla Root (Smilax. ornata) Anti-rheumatic, diuretic, diaphoretic, soothes mucous membranes, possible progesterone precursor. Blood cleanser, used for psoriasis.

Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) Tones and strengthens male reproductive system, used for prostate enlargement and infection; enhances endurance. Female fertility aid; galactagogue.

Shepherd's Purse (Capsella Bursa-pastoris) Hemostatic; astringent; helps stop passive uterine or gastrointestinal bleeding. Diuretic; breaks up urinary stones.

Shilajit (destroyer of weakness in Sanskrit), from Ayurveda, is a tar-like purified exudate of mineral origin that contains flavonoids, polyphenols, sterols, minerals, and microelements. It helps accelerate processes of protein and nuclei acid metabolism and stimulates energy providing reactions. It also promotes the movement of minerals, especially calcium, phosphorous, and magnesium, into muscle tissue and bone.

Silymarin is the active component of Milk Thistle, a member of the Daisy family. It was isolated in 1968 and has been used for liver and kidney ailments in Europe. It increases protein synthesis and regeneration of liver cells. It also protects the liver from chemicals, fats, insecticides, and drugs that impair liver function.

Skullcap (Scutellaria laterifolia) Nervine, sedative; anti-spasmodic. Used for nervous tension hysteria, epileptic seizures, withdrawal from substance abuse, PMS.

Slippery Elm (Ulmus fulva) Nutrient, reduces inflammation, soothes mucus membranes, specific for ulcers.

Spilanthes (Spilanthes oleracea) Anti-fungal, anti-bacterial; used to treat Candida. Anodyne, relieves toothache.

Stevia has again been allowed for sale in the US, as a dietary supplement. However the FDA has not approved its traditional Paraguayan use to facilitate healing of cuts and wounds, nor to help clear up skin ailments such as acne or blemishes. It has not approved its common South American internal use to balance blood sugar levels or its use as a mouth wash to inhibit oral bacteria that cause tooth decay, gingivitis and periodontal disease. It appears the oral bacteria love the sweetness of Stevia and eat it, but because they cannot metabolize Stevia they starve to death. Stevia is in wide use in many countries as leaves, concentrate and as a highly refined extract called Stevioside (300 times sweeter than sugar) yet without calories. Presently, the FDA has been petitioned to declare it a safe food. We sell the leaves, extract, and concentrate.

Stillingia Root (Stillingia sylvatica) Expectorant for bronchitis; blood cleanser, used for skin disorders. Small dose laxative and diuretic, large dose cathartic and emetic.

St. John's Wort (Hypericum perf.) Extract and oil used externally for bruises, strains, sprains, contusions, wounds. Extract used internally as immune system stimulant; for retro-viral infections; expectorant; anti-bacterial, speeds wound and burn healing; used to treat bedwetting and children's nightmares. Recently publicized as an effective treatment for mild depression.

Stone Root (Cullinsonia canadensis) Strengthens structure and function of veins; for varicose veins, hemorrhoids, anal fissures. and rectal spasms. Strong diuretic, helps prevent and dissolve urinary stones and gravel.

Suma is a Brazilian herb from the Amaranth family. This powerful herb is an adaptogen (helps the body to adapt to new stresses and restores natural immune resistance). It is sometimes called "Brazilian Ginseng" because of its energizing and rejuvenating properties. Scientists consider it therapeutic in combating certain cancers, anemia, diabetes, tuberculosis, fatigue, impotency, bronchitis, and others. It is available as a tea, tablets, or from TwinLab and Nature's Plus combined with Germanium. (top)