Species: S. Frutescens
Common names: sutherlandia, cancer bush, balloon pea (Eng.); umnwele(Xhosa & Zulu); kankerbos, blaasbossie, blaas-ertjie, eendjies, gansiekeurtjie, klappers, hoenderbelletjie (Afr.)
The usage of Sutherlandia frutescens dates back many years. It is also used as a garden plant because of it's beauty and striking colour. The leaves are luminous and pinnately compound. Sutherlandia is a soft shrublet and grows to about 1m tall.
Sutherlandia is a very strong immune booster helping the body to create it's own resources to defend illness or to cope with it.
Sutherlandia can be used for:
Decreasing anxiety, To elevate your mood
Stabilizing fever, Antibacterial for wounds
Treatment of chicken pox, Treatment of cancers (especially internal)
Eye problems, colds, 'flu, asthma, TB, bronchitis, rheumatism,
rheumatoid arthritis and osteo-arthritis, liver problems,
haemorrhoids, piles, bladder, uterus & 'women's' complaints,
diarrhoea & dysentery, stomach ailments, heartburn,
peptic ulcers, backache, diabetes, varicose veins and inflammation.
It is also used to improve the appetite. It is considered to be a good overall medicine.
TB, Cancer and AIDS patients can benefit from Sutherlandia to gain appetite, improve energy and the feeling of well-being.
Sutherlandia grows throughout southern Africa, up to the west coast and into Botswana. The flowers are reddish and grow at the tips of the branches, flowering during Spring. The fruit is a bladder-like pod and is luminous.