Sutherlandia frutescens is a southern African legume which has traditionally been used as an indigenous medicine for a variety of ailments. It is a shrub with bitter, aromatic leaves. Red-orange flowers appear in spring to mid-summer.
Medicinal Uses. It is said that
- Adaptogenic bitter tonic – normalises body functions.
- Increases body’s ability to adapt to environment, resistance to disease and stress.
- Changes coarse of an illness into favourable outcome.
- Supports immune system against chronic diseases and immune deficiency diseases.
- Reduces wasting from cancer.
- Supportive treatment toTB and Aids.
- Stimulates appetite in severely ill and emaciated patients.
- Helps to gain weight – people in good health does not gain weight.
- Type 2 dibetes – regulates and stabilises blood sugar levels.
- Treat viral hepatitis, bronchitis, flu, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, peptic ulcers, liver conditions, urinary tract conditions, stress and anxiety.
- Topically: burns, wounds and inflammatory skin conditions.
- Daily dose: 1 – 2 g dried herb.