Suma is a plant. It is sometimes called Brazilian ginseng, although it is not related to ginseng. The root is used to make medicine.



Suma is used as an “adaptogen” to help the body adapt to stress by improving the immune system. Suma is also used as a treatment for cancer and tumors, diabetes, and male sexual performance problems; as a tonic to restore body function; and as an aphrodisiac to heighten sexual arousal.

Suma is sometimes applied directly to the skin for wounds and skin problems.


1. Supports Energy Levels

Suma root contains potent levels of many essential nutrients, including vitamins A, B, E, and K. In addition, Suma root also contains minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, and electrolytes, all of which provide many of the root’s energizing effects. B vitamins and electrolytes, two nutrients that are plentiful in the plant’s raw material, are heralded for their energizing effects.

2. Promotes Fertility

Fertility requires hormonal balance, something that can be incredibly difficult in today’s world. With hormone disruptors and environmental toxins pervading our environment at an ever-increasing rate, fertility hormones are bound to become inefficient. Estradiol-17 beta is the primary estrogen hormone produced in women during reproductive years, and the stimulation of this hormone may possibly improve reproductive health and overall fertility. Research supports Suma as a natural application helpful for encouraging estradiol-17 beta, an action that may improve hormone balance.

3. Enriches the Skin

The nutrient density and potent antioxidants contained within the root of this plant may protect skin cells from UV damage, thus reducing the visible signs of the aging process. Research further suggests that Suma may even help heal the skin after damage has already taken place. One study examined Suma’s effects on under eye dark circles. Study participants who had dark circles applied a topical application of Suma root, along with other herbal extracts, in the area of discoloration. Topical application of Suma root helped participants reduce dark circles, a finding that led researchers to suggest the herb may offer an excellent protective option for skin care.

4. Nutritional Support for Cancer?

It’s premature to say Suma root protects against cancer, but preliminary research has produced some interesting results. Some lab tests have observed it to induce breast cancer cell death. Research continues to examine its protective properties.


Suma is considered safe for most people when it is taken by mouth for a short period of time. There isn’t enough information to know if using suma on the skin is safe.

Suma can cause asthma symptoms if the root powder is inhaled.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of suma during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


None interactions are recorded.

Other names

Brazilian Ginseng, Brazilien Ginseng, Ginseng Brasilero, Ginseng Brésilien, Ginseng du Brésil, Gomphrena paniculata, Hebanthe eriantha, Hebanthe paniculata, Pfaffia, Pfaffia paniculata


Source: WebMD,


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