~~Sutherlandia frutescens subsp. microphylla is generally regarded as perhaps the most profound of the medicinal plants in southern Africa. Due to its efficacy as a safe tonic for diverse heath conditions it has enjoyed a long history of use by all cultures in southern Africa.
The plant is known in Zulu and Xhosa as Unwele meaning “hair” (traditionally it is believed Sutherlandia’s anti-anxiety activity stops one “pulling our hair” from distress) and Insiswa meaning “the one that dispels darkness”.
In Afrikaans it is called Kankerbos and in English Cancer Bush, due to its historical use for the treatment of people suffering with internal cancers and wasting.
The traditional Tswana name is Phetola. Phetola means “it changes”, alluding that the plant changes the course of many illnesses into a favourable outcome. The North Sotho name Lerumolamadi means “the spear for the blood” alluding that Sutherlandia is a powerful blood purifier or all-purpose tonic.
San people call it Insisa – “the one that dispels darkness"" They used it as an energy booster and a powerful anti-depressant.
The folk and indigenous uses include use of Sutherlandia for: wasting from cancer and TB, prevention and treatment of cancers, diabetes, hypertension, hepatitis, anxiety, depression, influenza, rheumatism and arthritis (osteo-arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis), peptic ulcer, gastritis and reflux oesophagitis.
Nature�s super weapon in boosting immunity and treating a myriad of conditions, Sutherlandia is one of the worlds most appreciated adaptogenics being anti-viral, bacterial and fungal.