Suma (Brazilian Ginseng)

Suma, also known as the Brazilian Ginseng, is a basically the dried root of a plant known as Pfaffia paniculata, which is commonly found in the Amazonian rainforests. Though this herb is often marketed under the name ‘Brazilian Ginseng,’ it is not a part of the ginseng family.
Suma extracts are consumed as a health booster in many parts of the world, and is a component of many herbal medications. Suma may be found in the tablet or capsule form, and also sometimes as a dried, powdered herb.

This herb has been in use since ages for the treatment of an assortment of health disorders, and is thought to improve overall strength and endurance.

Here are some of the common applications of this herb today

  • Suma is a powerful adaptogen and is thought to help increase the resistance of the body and help it fight against a wide range of diseases and stress. The native South Americans used this herb in their daily diet to increase energy levels.
  • The immune system stimulating properties of suma are well known, and it is thought that the extracts of this plant contain germanium, which boosts the production of immune cells in the body.
  • Several tribal members have been using Siberian ginseng to deal with several skin ailments and conditions. The extracts of this herb can be applied topically to cure boils, ulcers and wounds.
  • The extracts of the suma root is also thought to be helpful in dealing with diabetes- it is thought to contain saponins that regulate blood glucose levels.
  • Traditionally, the extracts of Siberian ginseng are used to treat male sexual problems, especially conditions such as impotence and hormonal imbalance.
  • Suma is also known to relieve the symptoms associated with menopause and also deal with premenstrual syndrome.
  • The aphrodisiac properties of Siberian ginseng are well known, and are used to heighten sexual arousal.
  • Some studies have also revealed the efficacy of this herb in the treatment of cancers and tumors. Researchers believe that suma extracts may help stop the growth of cancer and decrease swelling and pain associated with it.