sutherlandia frutescens - 'dispelling the darkness'...

The Profound Plant that’s been identified to treat an incredible range of illnesses from Cancer, Diabetes, Schizophrenia to Clinical Depression...and More

As Reported on BBC News - A South African indigenous medicinal plant (Sutherlandia) may hold the key to the treatment of millions of poor people living with HIV and Aids, helping them relieve the symptoms of Aids

The indigenous people of Southern Africa, and contemporary uses of Sutherlandia, include its use for:
» Enhancing well-being & longevity
» Immune support and influenza
» Stress, depression and anxiety
» Wasting from cancer, TB, and AIDS
» Quality-of-life tonic for cancers, HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis
» Appetite stimulant in wasted patients
» Chronic Fatigue, ME and ‘Yuppie Flu’
» Viral hepatitis
» Asthma and bronchitis
» Type 2 diabetes
» Mild to moderate hypertension
» Rheumatoid arthritis & painful joints
» Peptic ulcer, gastritis & reflux oesophagitis
» Hot flashes and irritability in Menopause

Sutherlandia frutescens, a member of the pea family, and has built a reputation among Africans as everything from an anti-depressant to a cancer drug. Locals call it "insisa" - the one that ‘dispels darkness’. It is regarded as the most profound and multi-purpose of the medicinal plants in Southern Africa. Because of its efficacy as a safe tonic for diverse health conditions it has enjoyed a long history of use by all cultures in Southern Africa.

It has long been used as a supportive treatment in Cancer, hence one of its common names – Cancer Bush or Kankerbos. In Tswana it is called “Phetola” which means ‘it changes’, indicating that the plant changes the course of many illnesses towards a favourable outcome. The North-Sotho name of “Lerumo-Lamadi” means ‘the spear for the blood’ indicating Sutherlandia’s function as a blood purifier, whilst the South-Sotho name “motlepelo” means ‘bringing back the heart’ meaning that the plant is a traditional treatment for emotional shock and stress.

Sutherlandia powerfully assists the body to mobilize its own immunological and physiological resources to combat disease and physical and mental stress. It is widely regarded as the African adaptogenic tonic par excellence.

What is an adaptogen? It is a substance that...
» invigorates or strengthens the body’s complete ‘functioning’.
» increases the body's ability to adapt to internal or external stress.
» maintains health by increasing the body’s ability to adapt and increase resistance to disease and internal stress.
» modifies the metabolism of the body to combat particular forms of environmental stress.

Sutherlandia has traditionally been used for enhancing well-being, immune support, longevity, stress, depression and anxiety, wasting from cancer, TB & AIDS (it functions as an appetite stimulant in wasted patients, but not in healthy people), influenza, chronic fatigue syndrome, viral hepatitis, asthma and bronchitis, type 2 diabetes, mild to moderate hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis, peptic ulcers, gastritis, reflux oesophagitis, hot flushes and irritability in menopause and herpes. It is one of the few herbs that has been the subject of many, many clinical trials to prove its efficacy for various health concerns.

A team of scientists headed by Nigel Gericke from Biogenesis Laboratories - a botanist, medical doctor and indigenous plant specialist - has already analysed the plant's chemistry. They identified a range of chemicals, some of which have previously been identified as effective antiretroviral agents, as well as useful in the treatment of cancers, tuberculosis, diabetes and depression.

Further research by Professor Ben-Erik van Wyk and Dr Carl Albrecht has confirmed the presence of anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds, as well as natural anti-depressants.

‘Dispelling the Darkness’ - Agitated Zulu warriors returning from battle would be given an infusion of Sutherlandia ‘to take the war out’ of them. The ancient Zulu name “insiswa” means ‘the one which dispels darkness’ alluding to its anti-depressant effect, and to the fact that it is a powerful tonic for diverse health conditions, whilst the present name “unwele” means ‘hair’ – alluding to the fact that the plant stops people ‘pulling out their hair’ with distress.

These are some of the extensive proven health benefits of Sutherlandia frutescens…
» Central Nervous System - Sutherlandia has been used as supportive treatment in mental and emotional stress, including irritability, anxiety and depression. Widows of slain Zulu warriors used Sutherlandia as a gentle tranquilliser during the mourning period.

» Respiratory - Sutherlandia was traditionally used throughout its natural distribution to good effect to combat the symptoms of ‘flu during the 1918 influenza pandemic, and is still used to treat 'flu because it shortens the duration and severity of the illness and it can also be taken as a convalescent tonic for post-‘flu debility.

l Sutherlandia has traditionally been used in both the prevention and treatment of the symptoms of asthma.

» Sutherlandia has been traditionally used for centuries to treat the symptoms of TB, including wasting, and bronchitis.

» Gastrointestinal - Sutherlandia has been used to treat symptoms of heartburn, reflux oesophagitis, gastritis, nerves stomach ulcers and peptic ulceration.

» Sutherlandia was historically used to treat diarrhoea and dysentary, and it was used as a supportive remedy for people with unspecified liver conditions. It is slightly purgative at higher doses and has therefore been used as a gentle remedy for constipation.

» Urogenital Tract - Sutherlandia was used to treat urinary tract infections, including gonorrhoea, and cystitis, particularly what would nowadays be termed ‘interstitial cystitis’.

» Diabetes - Sutherlandia is widely used to this day by rural herbalists to treat diabetes.

» Musculo-Skeletal - Sutherlandia has traditionally been used to treat gout, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

» Cancer - To this day Sutherlandia is used as a traditional treatment to improve the quality of life in patients with malignant tumours.

» Sutherlandia and HIV / Aids - Dr Nigel Gericke, says "anecdotally we are accumulating evidence that wasted patients with Aids, TB and cancer pick up weight, regain energy and appetite. The claim we are making on the basis of this, is that we can significantly and dramatically improve the quality of life of many ill Aids patients. The terminally ill have returned to work and emaciated patients have gained weight”.

As a result The Medical Research Council is conducting trials to see how this plant can improve the quality of life of thousands of people both with HIV and full-blown Aids.

Testimony to the efficacy of the plant continues to mount
Anne Hutchings, an ethno-botanist and lecturer at the University of Zululand has been using Sutherlandia, together with a range of other indigenous plant medicines, to treat Aids patients who attend the weekly AIDS clinic at Ngwelezane Hospital. She has 176 patients who all testify that Sutherlandia has helped them to live a fuller, healthier and more productive life.

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Sutherlandia should not be taken while on anti-coagulants such as Heparin and Warfarin. Do not use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Sutherlandia can be taken indefinitely to support chronic conditions. Typical dosage for general health benefits is 300-600mg per day and for therapeutic use twice those doses.

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