suma

Suma capsule 500 mg tablet for energy enhancement, as a mild sexual aphrodisiac and cancer research is ongoing.
November 2 2016

Pfaffia paniculata is the dried root of a ground vine that grows in tropical rain forests of South America. Suma was introduced to this country as “Brazilian Ginseng” in order to capitalize on ginseng’s reputation. It is known as Para Toda which means “for all things,” since the indigenous peoples of the Amazon region have used the root for generations as an energy and rejuvenating tonic as well as a general cure-all for many types of illnesses. It has also been used as an aphrodisiac.

Benefit of suma
Studies have shown that suma inhibits the growth of leukemia, stimulates the immune system, and has a beneficial effect on sickle cell disease.

What does the Suma research say about sexual benefit?
Human studies with suma have not been published in the western medical literature. However, a rodent study provides a hint that suma does have sexual enhancement potential. Sexually potent and sexually sluggish/impotent male rats were treated orally with different amounts of damiana and suma fluid extracts. While having no effect on the copulatory behavior of sexually potent rats, both plant extracts–singly or in combination–improved the copulatory performance of sexually sluggish/impotent rats. The highest dose of either extract (1 ml/kg) (as well as the combination of 0.5 ml/kg of each extract) increased the percentage of rats achieving ejaculation and significantly the time between ejaculations. The researchers say: These results seem to support the folk reputation of Turnera diffusa and Pfaffia paniculata as sexual stimulants.” Another sexual stimulant that works extremely well is Passion Rx Yohimbe sex enhancer.

Cancer, tumor
Effect of Pfaffia paniculata on the Ehrlich tumor in its ascitic form.
Life Sci. 2003.
The roots of suma (Brazilian ginseng) have been indicated for the treatment of several diseases, among which the cancer. The purpose of this study was to investigate experimentally the possible antineoplastic effect of this root. Firstly, a toxicity study was performed in which the doses of 400 and 200 mg/Kg of the powdered root were administered by gavage for 10 days to BALB/cICB mice. The mice did not lose weight during the treatment. No increase in serum alanine-aminotransferase neither histopathological alteration (liver, kidney and spleen) was observed in mice treated with suma. The effect of this root on the ascitic Ehrlich tumor in BALB/cICB mice was then investigated. Male mice received, by gavage, once a day, 200 mg/Kg of the powdered root of suma or distilled water, as control, for 20 days. This protocol started 10 days before tumor inoculation with 5 x 10(6) cells i.p., and lasted until 10 days after. The ascitic tumor was evaluated by the quantification of the volume of the ascitic fluid, relative number of tumor cells and total number of tumor cells. A decrease in the total ascitic volume was observed in P. paniculata treated mice, that was followed by a numerical decrease in the total number of Ehrlich tumor cells. These results may indicate that suma anti-inflammatory effects were responsible by the decrease in the total ascitic fluid. In addition, the presence of tumor-cell inhibitory factors in suma roots is in agreement with other in vitro studies. The mechanisms of such tumor inhibition should be further investigated. 

Pfaffia paniculata (Brazilian ginseng) methanolic extract reduces angiogenesis in mice.
Exp Toxicol Pathol. 2007.
Suma roots have been indicated for the treatment of several diseases. Our studies have shown that suma roots present antineoplastic effects and cancer chemopreventive activity in a mouse hepatocarcinogenesis model. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of suma on corneal angiogenesis in mice. A smaller total area of neovascularization in the mouse cornea was observed in animals treated with 1000mg/kg of the methanolic extract of suma. These results indicate an antiangiogenic effect of suma extract. The mechanisms of this antiangiogenic activity of suma should be further investigated.

Hormone levels
Pfaffia paniculata-induced changes in plasma estradiol-17beta, progesterone and testosterone levels in mice.
J Reproductive Dev. 2003.
The present study undertook chemical analysis of components of Pfaffia paniculata roots (suma). In addition, an animal experiment was conducted in which mice had ad libitum access to water enriched with powdered P. paniculata root for 30 days. Changes in plasma concentrations of estradiol-17beta and progesterone in female mice and of testosterone in male mice were ascertained. The results revealed that suma roots contain two types of phytosteroids, beta-sitosterol and stigmasterol, in addition to other compounds such as pfaffic acid, allantoin, saponins, beta-sitosteryl-beta-D-glucoside, and stigmasteryl-beta-D-glucoside. Regarding changes in plasma concentrations of hormones, levels of the sex hormones estradiol-17beta, progesterone and testosterone were clearly higher for mice that drank P. paniculata root-enriched water than for mice that drank plain water. Powdered suma root is easily dissolved in feed or water, and as no adverse reactions were seen in mice within 30 days of oral intake, consumption of suma for long periods of time appears safe.

Mechanism of action
How suma works as a sex stimulant is currently not known. The root of suma contains saponins including a group of novel chemicals called pfaffosides, as well as glycosides, nortriperpenes and beta-ecdysones. One study in rodents hints that suma raises levels of hormones.

Suma side effects and cautions, risk
Suma has not been associated with any serious adverse reactions. However, comprehensive safety studies have not been undertaken.

Availability and dosage
Suma is typically sold as a tea, tincture, powder, or as capsules. Most capsules of suma contain 500 mg of the powder. A typical dosage is 500 or 1,000 mg morning and midday. Milk thistle for liver disease with silymarin antioxidant can be taken together.

More information about suma plant
Suma root has been called Para Todo, meaning “For all things” due to its side list of uses and applications. Suma is large rambling ground vine is native to the Amazon basin. Suma has an extensive root system. Its dried root is cut or powdered and then used for a variety of applications. Suma’s vanilla-like flavor makes it pleasant tasting and easy to consume.