Latin: Pfaffia paniculata
Parts Used: Root of vine
Taste/Energetics: Bitter, cooling, drying
Properties: Tonic, aphrodisiac, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, circulatory stimulant, adaptogenic.
Actions: This is another South American herb that has been used as something of a panacea (para todo). As a tonic, str has been noted to boost libido and has been traditionally used as an aphrodisiac. This is a nutritionally dense herb with high amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Traditionally suma has been consumed to increase physical strength and stamina, to decrease fatigue and for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It has also been used to strengthen the immune system and potentially as a cancer fighting herb.
There is some research into this herb that points to its sterols having some estrogenic effect and it has traditionally been used for menopausal symptoms, hot flashes, irritability and PMS.
Dosage: 2-4 grams powdered herb/day. Traditional decoction up to 10 grams for 40 minutes in pint of water.
Contraindications: None indicated.