Cancer Bush (Sutherlandia frutescens) is perhaps the most commonly used herb in Southern Africa and is employed in treating wasting in HIV patients. It is commonly called the “cancer bush” because of its traditionally-proven effectiveness.
Improvements in hunger, weight gain, sleep, exercise tolerance, stress, and general awareness of well-being can be expected. Researchers expect that there’ll be a delayed development of HIV into Aids, and actual remission of this disease is hoped for. This may require compliance of proper doses of the appropriate choice of Cancer Bush taken on an ongoing basis, in addition to meticulous attention to diet. Alcohol, recreational drugs, and other drugs that harm the immune system ought to be avoided.
Most wasted patients show an increase in weight within six weeks of starting therapy. Interestingly weight-gain is usually not seen in people without inherent wasting states. Clinicians in South Africa and Australia have reported improvements at CD4 counts and declines from the viral load in AIDS patients taking Cancer Bush. Anecdotal reports that Sutherlandia may improve the immune status of some individuals living with HIV nevertheless have to get confirmed by a controlled clinical trial.
Central Nervous System
S. frutescens was used as supportive treatment in mental and psychological stress, including irritability, depression, nervousness, and depression. Widows of slain Zulu warriors employed S. frutescens as a gentle tranquilizer during the period.
The Sotho name motlepelo signifies ‘bringing back the heart,’ meaning that the plant is a conventional treatment for emotional shock and stress.
Agitated Zulu warriors returning from battle would be given an infusion of S. frutescens “to take the war out” – i.e., as a calming tea. The ancient Zulu name insiswa signifies ‘the one who dispels darkness’ alluding to the own antidepressant influence and the fact that it is a powerful tonic for various health conditions.
The present Zulu name unwele means ‘hair’ – alluding to the fact that the plant stops people from ‘pulling their hair out’ with distress.
Energy levels and exercise tolerance
S. frutescens typically boosts the energy levels and exercise tolerance of patients, and supplies an enhanced sense of well-being.
Appetite and Weight
Proper doses of select chemotypes and forms of Sutherlandia dramatically improves appetite, and weight gain can be expected in wasted patients. The initial 5 kg gain is common following six weeks of treatment. In patients who are not wasted, weight reduction is not usual.
S. frutescens was traditionally used throughout its natural distribution to good effect to combat the symptoms of the flu during the 1918’s influenza pandemic and is still utilized to treat flu to this day. S. frutescens is traditionally thought to shorten the length of the seriousness of the illness, and it may also be obtained as a convalescent tonic for post ‘flu debility.
S. frutescens was traditionally used for centuries to deal with the symptoms of TB, including wasting and bronchitis. Additionally, it has been historically utilized to treat unspecified wasting diseases. Gastrointestinal Herbalists at the Parad Market at Cape Town, South Africa, say that S. frutescens is for nerves and stomach disorders.
S. frutescens was historically used to treat dysentery and diarrhea, and it had been used as a supportive remedy for individuals with severe liver conditions. It is marginally purgative at higher dosages and has been used as a gentle remedy for constipation.
S. frutescens was utilized to treat urinary tract infections, including gonorrhea, and cystitis, mainly what would now be termed ‘interstitial cystitis.’
S. frutescens is widely utilized to this day by rural herbalists and also ‘kruie-doktors’ to take care of diabetes.
S. frutescens has traditionally been used to treat arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (known to Zulu healers as ‘the disease of the female teachers’ and atherosclerosis.
The suggested dose for enhanced quality-of-life is one capsule (550 mg) twice per day, after meals. This can be taken long-term.
It is not suggested that S. frutescens be taken during pregnancy.
To date, there were minimum reported side-effects. Side effects reported include occasional reports of dry mouth, occasional reports of mild diuretic effect, intermittent reports of loose stool. Slight dizziness has been occasionally noted in very weak people who take Sutherlandia with foods. This is corrected by people who take S. frutescens after meals.
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Gastritis and reflux esophagitis
Painful joint conditions
Origin: South Africa
Ingredients: Wild harvested Cancer Bush
Parts Used: Plant
Forms: Two ounces of powder or 60 vegetable capsules (550-600 mg).
How to use:
Powder: Take 1/2 tsp of dried powder in 8 oz. glass of favorite juice or smoothie once a day.
Capsules: Take 1 capsule 2 times a day with water or favorite beverage.
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