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Veterinarian Reviewed on June 20, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Suma Root


Suma root (Pfaffia paniculata) can also be called Brazilian Ginseng. Suma is a rambling vine that is native throughout South America; it has a native name which is ‘para tudo’ which translates in English to mean “for all”. This name is due to the many therapeutic properties that this vine has. The Suma root is just one of the parts of the Suma vine used in different herbal medicines but it is also the most potent part of this plant.

Although the effect of the Suma root as a cancer and tumor treatment is yet to be studied and supported, this herbal remedy is still being used because of its properties to stimulate the body’s immune system to adapt to stress.

History and Origin

The Suma root is thought to have many anti cancer properties but this claim is yet to be supported by clinical evidence. However, this plant is named para tudo (for all) because of many South American tribes’ claims regarding the effectiveness of this plant to fight stress, enhance body systems and also to boost overall body functions.

Ancient Uses

Ancient tribes of South America have high regard for the Suma root. It is used to treat fatigue, loss of weight, stress, low immune system functioning and many other illnesses.

Modern Uses

In modern times, the Suma root was studied and seen to contain amino acids, minerals, electrolytes, saponins and many other chemicals that may support its therapeutic healing abilities. It is used to treat hormonal imbalances and can also be beneficial to help people with thyroid problems.

It has anti inflammatory effects that could benefit people who suffer with arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It can reduce swelling, pain, inflammation and reduced joint mobility. It has the ability to enhance immunity and to increase libido as well. It can provide cell and tissue rejuvenating effects; this is the main reason why it is thought to have anti cancer preventing capabilities.

Experts believe that the Suma root is a promising treatment to reduce cancer cells and leukemia cells. The ability of this herbal remedy to increase cellular oxygenation is possibly the backbone of this claim.

The Suma root has a spicy yet vanilla like flavor and is usually made into teas. When reduced to powdered form, it can be sprinkled on foods and can also be used to add flavor to certain beverages. In addition, it can be used as an herbal supplement, an extract and is also available in powdered form to be processed as capsules, or in tablet form.

Side Effects

The use of Suma roots for pregnant and breastfeeding women are contraindicated. It is also not advised to be taken by young children and babies. The use of this herbal remedy for any illness must be done under the supervision of a medical expert or qualified herbalist. If you wish to use the Suma root for its many therapeutic properties, consult your doctor for its appropriate dosage and any adverse reactions to the medication you are currently taking.

There is no known cure for cancer and it is advised to seek a proper medical consultation and obtain a diagnosis before looking for alternative remedies.

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Paulina Nelega, RH
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan

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