|Sutherlandia Frutescens is regarded as the most profound and multi-purpose of all medicinal plants in Southern Africa.Because of its efficacy as a safe tonic for diverse health conditions it has enjoyed a long history of use by all cultures in Southern Africa.
Sutherlandia powerfully assists the body to mobilize its own resources to cope with diverse physical and mental stresses and it should therefore be more correctly known as an adaptogenic tonic.
The traditional Tswana name of ‘Phetola’ alludes to this:
The North Sotho name of ‘Lerumo-lamadi’ means the spear for the blood symbolising that Sutherlandia is a powerful blood-purifier or all-purpose tonic.
The indigenous, folk and contemporary uses of Sutherlandia includes its use as a tonic for:
| Enhancing well-being
Stress, depression and anxiety
Wasting from cancer, TB, and AIDS
Quality-of-life tonic for cancers,
HIV/AIDS and TB
Appetite stimulant in wasted
patients, but not in healthy people
| Chronic Fatigues Syndrome, ME Syndrome and
Asthma and bronchitis
Type 2 diabetes
Mild to moderate hypertension
Peptic ulcer, gastritis, and reflux oesophagitis
Hot flashes and irritability in menopause