July 23, 2016

Suma

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What other names is Suma known by?

Brazilian Ginseng, Brazilien Ginseng, Ginseng Brasilero, Ginseng Brésilien, Ginseng du Brésil, Gomphrena paniculata, Hebanthe eriantha, Hebanthe paniculata, Pfaffia, Pfaffia paniculata.

What is Suma?

Suma is a plant. It is sometimes called Brazilian ginseng, although it is not related to ginseng. The root is used to make medicine.

Suma is used as an "adaptogen" to help the body adapt to stress by improving the immune system. Suma is also used as a treatment for cancer and tumors, diabetes, and male sexual performance problems; as a tonic to restore body function; and as an aphrodisiac to heighten sexual arousal.

Suma is sometimes applied directly to the skin for wounds and skin problems.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Improving the immune system.
  • Cancer and tumors.
  • Diabetes.
  • Wounds.
  • Skin problems.
  • Sexual problems.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of suma for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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