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In South America suma is known as para toda (which means "for all things") and as Brazilian ginseng, since it is widely used as an adaptogen with many applications (much as "regular" ginseng).* For more information about suma (Pfaffia paniculata), please refer to the Database File for Suma in the Tropical Plant Database. To see pictures of suma, click here.
Traditional Uses:* as a general tonic (tones, balances, strengthens) for balancing, energizing, rejuvenating and muscle growth; for hormonal disorders (menopause, PMS, etc.); for chronic fatigue and general tiredness; for sexual disorders (impotency, frigidity, low libido, etc.); for sickle cell anemiaSuggested Use: This plant is best prepared as a decoction. Use one teaspoon of powder for each cup of water. Bring to a boil and gently boil in a covered pot for 20 minutes. Allow to cool and settle for 10 minutes and strain warm liquid into a cup (leaving the settled powder in the bottom of the pan). It is traditionally taken in 1 cup dosages, 2-3 times daily. For more complete instructions on preparing herbal decoctions, see the Methods for Preparing Herbal Remedies Page.