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 BRAZILIAN GINSENG POWDER TEA (Pfaffia paniculata) -  2 OZ / 60 gr

 

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Ethnomedical Uses: Brazilian Ginseng also known as Suma has been used as an aphrodisiac, a calming agent, and to treat ulcers for at least 300 years. In herbal medicine throughout the world today, suma is considered a tonic and an adaptogen. The herbal definition of an adaptogen is a plant that increases the body's resistance to adverse influences by a wide range of physical, chemical, and biochemical factors and has a normalizing or restorative effect on the body as a whole. In modern Brazilian herbal medicine practices, Suma root is employed as a cellular oxygenator and taken to stimulate appetite and circulation, increase estrogen production, balance blood sugar levels, enhance the immune system, strengthen the muscular system, and enhance memory.
Fáfia has also been called "the Russian secret," as it has been taken by Russian Olympic athletes for many years and has been reported to increase muscle-building and endurance without the side effects associated with steroids. This action is attributed to an anabolic-type phytochemical called beta-ecdysterone and three novel ecdysteroid glycosides that are found in high amounts in Suma.
Suma is said to support hormonal balance, reduce inflammation, inhibit cancer and leukemia cells, enhance immunity, increase libido, and a provide a number of normalizing and rejuvenating effects. One of the reason for its myriad effects may be its ability to increase oxygenation and energy efficiency at the cellular level.


Properties/Actions Documented by Research: analgesic (pain-reliever), anti-inflammatory, antitumorous, anticancerous, antileukemic, aphrodisiac, cellular protector, hypocholesterolemic (lowers cholesterol), immunomodulator (selectively modulates overactive immune cells), steroidal. adaptogen, anti-allergy, antioxidant, cardiotonic (tones, balances, strengthens the heart), carminative (expels gas), estrogenic, immunostimulant, nervine (balances/calms nerves), stimulant, tonic (tones, balances, strengthens overall body functions). Suma has been taken by olympic athletes for many years and has been reported to increase muscle-building and endurance without the side effects associated with steroids.

Cautions: Suma has been documented to contain a significant amount of plant sterols and these sterols might have estrogenic properties and may cause an increase in estrogen production (not clinically proven). As such, it is advisable for women with estrogen-positive cancers to avoid the use of this plant.
The root powder has been reported to cause asthmatic allergic reactions if inhaled. When handling raw suma root powder or preparing decoctions with root powder, avoid inhalation of the root powder. Ingestion of large amounts of this plant has shown to sometimes cause mild gastric disturbances including nausea and stomach cramping. Reduce dosages if these side effects are noted.

How to use/ Preparation: The Brazilian traditional remedy calls for preparing a standard decoction with 10 g of suma root boiled in a liter of water; two cups of the decoction are generally taken daily.

As an alcohol tincture: Combine 1 part powder with 4 parts of any alcohol drink (vodka, tequila, or cachaca) and allow to macerate for 2 weeks and if possible try to agitate the solution daily. Strain into a clean bottle and seal. It is traditionally taken in dosages of 3 to 4 ml (90 to 120 drops) once or twice, daily.
 


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