Suma - Information about this Herb (pfaffia paniculata)
Information about this Herb (pfaffia paniculata)
This herb like Siberian Ginseng is not in the Ginseng family but is considered to have similar properties even though it is an entirely different plant. It is also called Brazillian Ginseng though not of the panax genus. Suma helps to relieve stress and helps the body to handle the stresses both environmental and psychological place on it.
Suma is believed to increase energy, strengthen the immune system, fortify hormones (especially balancing estrogen levels), reduce tumors, and cancers and regulate blood sugar.
This herb enhances energy and vitality and shows great promise as a healing agent in chronic disorders believed to result from a lowered immune system. These diseases include CRS (chronic fatigue syndrome) and Epstein-Barr virus, as well as hormonal imbalances.
It has been used successfully with very good results on many varieties of cancer (esp. leukemia, Hodgkin's disease and diabetes). It is a good herb to use for rebuilding the immune system. It protects against viral infections and helps to purify the body. There is a unique chemical in Suma that the Japanese have discovered which tends to inhibit tumor cell growth.
The two hormones found in Suma, sitosterol and stipmasterol, have been found beneficial to the heart and they aid in lowering cholesterol levels in the blood. It is antioxidant in nature as it contains germanium so it fights free radicals.
Suma is an adaptogen herb, normalizing functions in the body healing and helping to prevent disease.
Suma is the dried root of pfaffia paniculata , a plant found in the Atlantic rain forest of Brazil. First introduced to the United States as Brazilian Ginseng, Suma is one of the most highly regarded herbs in South America, and is considered to be a true adaptogen. Used by native peoples for centuries, Suma is advocated as an effective adaptogen to support the immune system, adapt the body to external stresses, relieve pain, fight chronic fatigue syndrome, and accelerate wound healing. Suma has not yet been thoroughly tested by extensive scientific research, but it does have a long tradition of use as a folk medicine. In Spanish, Suma means 'for all things'.
The primary properties of Suma are considered to be adaptogen, aphrodisiac, blood-sugar regulator, chi tonic, demulcent, immune stimulant, and nutritive. Also known as Amazon Ginseng, Brazilian Carrots, and para Todo, Suma is typically available as a tea, tincture, or as capsules.
In Brazil, it has a tradition of use among herbalists, shamans and physicians as a tonic, aphrodisiac and healing agent for wounds. Herbalists using Suma often refer to research conducted by Dr. Milton Brazzach, head of the pharmaceutical department at the University of Sao paulo. Dr. Brazzach has tested Suma on thousands of patients suffering from various serious diseases. He reportedly found Suma to have great healing and preventative powers, yet has never published his clinical findings.
The primary known constituents of Suma include saponins ( nortriterpenoid and pfaffosides ), sitosterol, stigmasterol, allantoin, sesquiterpenes, polyphenols, and germanium. Researchers have isolated several active compounds in Suma, including beta ecdysterone, a plant sterol which has an anabolic and immune boosting effect in the body. Suma is also rich in a broad spectrum of vitamins, minerals ( particularly the rare mineral germanium ), amino acids, allantoin ( a cell building compound ) and 6 pfaffic acids.
To date, there are no reports regarding the toxicity and there are no known side effects. It is believed that large doses of this herb must be used for effectiveness.
Medicinal properties & Uses Suma Root contains 19 different amino acids, a large number of electrolytes, and trace minerals including iron, magnesium, cobalt, silica, zinc, and vitamins A, B1, B2, E, K, and pantothenic acid. Suma is used as a tonic for the cardiovascular system, the central nervous system, the reproductive system, and the digestive system. It is an effective treatment for hormonal disorders and symptoms of menopause because of two hormones, sitosterol and stigmasterol. Additionally, it is helpful in the treatment of sexual dysfunction, infertility, and sterility. It has been used to restore nerve and glandular functions and to balance the endocrine system. As an immunostimulant, it is used to treat exhaustion caused by Epstein-Barr disease and Chronic Fatigue System. Hypoglycemia, mononucleosis, high blood pressure, and stress are also treated with Suma Root. Due to its anabolic agent, beta-ecdysterone, and three ecdysteroid glycosides contained in Suma Root, Russian Olympic athletes used the herb to increase muscle-building and endurance without the side affects associated with steroids. In addition, Suma Root has been used for arteriosclerosis, diabetes, rheumatism, and bronchitis