Medicinal properties: tonic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and hypoglycemic properties; Applications: fever, chicken pox, the flu, rheumatism, hemorrhoids, diarrhea, stomach ailments, and liver problems 
This plant is scientifically known as Sutherlandia Frutescens and also has the nicknames of: sutherlandia, cancer bush, Balloon pea (Eng.); umnwele
(Xhosa & Zulu); kankerbos, blaasbossie, blaas-ertjie, eendjies, gansiekeurtjie, klappers, hoenderbelletjie (Afr.)
This medicinal herb commonly known as the "Cancer Bush" is native to Southern Africa as a legume which has been used according to tradition for a variety
of ailments. A legume is any plant that belongs to the Fabacea family ( Leguminosae ), or even the fruit or seed of such a plant. These legumes are typically
grown for agricultural purposes. Many legumes are known for their medicinal properties. The leaves of are aromatic and the flowers are of a
bright-red color. This herb blooms in spring to mid-summer.
The use of the Cancer Bush has quite a reputation as a natural way of dealing with cancer and for treating symptoms of HIV/AIDS. There is preliminary evidence that suggest the herb does have benefits toward immune disorders. Traditionally this remedy was made into an infusion using the leaves as a remedy for fever, chicken pox, the flu, rheumatism, hemorrhoids, diarrhea, stomach ailments, and liver problems. That's quite a list of medicinal applications for one little plant. With this in mind I believe the news should be spread across the globe while further research of this herb should be conducted on a mass scale.
Phytochemist examine plants like the Cancer Bush in their efforts to fully understand the mechanisms of action behind their chemical structure. There can never be enough research. I believe that this information should not only be made available to the public, but the option to use them in the mainstream medical community should also be made available. So go tell all of your friends, because now you've been informed of how we scientifically understand how a plant can be a medicine.
The Cancer Bush is one of many ethnobotanicals from South Africa. The culture there has embraced and consumed these plants for centuries. In other words, herbal medicine is completely integrated with this continent and its people. I highly suggest looking in to more plants from Africa. There are also many others with similar qualities to this one, like Cats Claw
One small clinical study concluded that in healthy adults, 800mg per day for three months was a well tolerated dosage. The main thing when using something is to do as much research as you can on it first. Be very careful about mixing certain plants and drugs and if you're going to guess at the dosage at least start small. There are three ways to prepare medicines like the Cancer Bush. You can make a tea, a decoction ( boil for extended period of time ), or soak in everclear for a month to make whats called a tincture(spirit). When making a decoction, add a drop of oil so the water doesn't boil over. Cover the pot and reduce heat upon boiling. This will prevent volatile constituents from evaporating into thin air.
Several other studies on the Cancer Bush have been conducted on other animals. One study shows that and extract of the plant has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and hypoglycemic properties. These studies were conducted on mice. These studies do seem to back up the historic medicinal applications of the herb. So there you have it, not only have people figured out on their own that it's medicine, but science seems to think so too.
This herb is known to have adverse interactions with pharmaceutical drugs that are used to treat HIV/AIDS, such as antiretrovial drugs.
Great possibilities await when something remarkable comes along in science, especially science that's related to medical discoveries, or insight. We should absolutely be spending our time, money, and effort on this type of research. Helping the world solve all of its problems, and healing our people rather than masking our symptoms should be the ultimate goal if you ask me.
Note: A ton of other academic research on this botanical can be found on academic journals.
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