Herbs

Suma Root

OVERVIEW

Common Name: suma
Other: pfaffia
Botanical Name: Pfaffia paniculata (Mart.) Kuntze
Plant Family:Amaranthaceae

INTRODUCTION

Suma is an indigenous plant to South America, most notably Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. Traditionally it has been used as a food product for many forest foragers and was occasionally administered for a variety of ailments, hence its nickname "para tudo," meaning "for all." Because of its rather Vanilla like flavor this botanical can be easily consumed for those with palatable sensitivities.

CONSTITUENTS

Rich in Amino Acids, electrolytes, trace minerals, pfaffic acid, Germanium, Sitosterol, Stigmasterol, Beta-ecdysone, and Saponins.

PARTS USED

Western herbal medicine uses the dried root in whole, cut or powdered form. Fresh root seems to be fairly "tannic" for palatable consumption.

TYPICAL PREPARATIONS

Tea decoction from the root, powdered root sprinkled on food or in beverages, as a liquid herbal extract, and capsules (non-standardized) from powdered root.

SUMMARY

Not much research has been carried out for this particular botanical and to date there have not been any released notes on possible medicinal contraindications, side effects or potential health hazards.

PRECAUTIONS

Specific: No known precautions. 
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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