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About Sutherlandia

Probably Africa's most benificial addition to the Herb Kingdom is this tough and adaptable herb.
It is classified as a 'Pioneer Herb', meaning that it will grow in ground where nothing else does.
Once planted, it requires very little work in the garden and, in fact, prefers that you do not fuss with it.
It needs little to no fertilizer, little water but lots of sun.

Some of it's common names include: Cancer bush, Kankerbos, Wildekeer, Rooikeurtjie, Kalkoenbos, Belbos, Gansies, Unwele, Insiswa, Musa-Pelo, Motlepelo and Phethola.



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A Few Facts

We have found that individual plants live for two to several years and self seed easily in the garden for an on-going supply of fresh herb.
As an herb I would classify it as one of the 'Bitters' as it's taste is quite pronounced and sometimes a little difficult to get used to. 
As with most of the bitter herbs, the actual taste as it hits the mouth is probably part of the remedy action.




It's Common Uses

    It is used primarily for: Asthma and bronchitis, Appetite stimulant in wasted patients, but not generally in healthy people as it is not a preventative herb.


    Chronic Fatigues Syndrome, Enhancing well-being, Hot flashes and irritability in menopause, Immune support, Influenza, Viral hepatitis, Mild to moderate hypertension, Quality-of-life tonic for cancer, HIV/AIDS and TB sufferers. Rheumatoid arthritis, Stress, depression and anxiety, Peptic ulcer, gastritis, and reflux oesophagitis, Type 2 diabetes Wasting from cancer, TB, and AIDS.

    To purchase seeds to grow at home visit our Australian Gardener website.

    For more information on the clinical studies of the herb visit



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