Suma Benefits & Information

Latin Name

Pfaffia paniculata

Also Known As

Suma, Brazilian ginseng, pfaffia, para toda, corango-acu



Parts Used

Root of the Vine

Traditional Use and Health Benefits

Suma normalises and regulates the endocrine, nervous, digestive, cardiovascular and immune systems.
Because it is an adaptogen it helps the body tackle stress, it is restorative to the bodies systems and promotes cellular regeneration, as well as oxygenating the cells.
It is a nerve tonic, and will enhance and boost the nervous system. It also seems to be good for tackling states of exhaustion in the body, such as chronic fatigue syndrome, Epstein Barr syndrome and fibromyalgia.

It is said that Suma is really is a heal all and it is known for having a positive healing effect on many states of disease.
It is an analgesic and an anti-inflammatory, so it is good for rheumatoid arthritis, it can relieve states of pain, including menstrual discomfort and PMS.
It is also used to treat hormone imbalance, and can be used to counteract side effects of the birth control pill. As well as menopausal symptoms and infertility.
It is also a sexual stimulant, and is known to boost libido, low sexual energy and remedy impotence.

So amongst other things suma can regulate blood sugar, thus treating diabetes. It can regulate blood pressure, bring down cholesterol, neutralise toxins in the body and remedy ulcers.
An amazing herbal multi tasker!

Nutritional profile of Suma
9 different amino acids
Electrolytes and trace minerals including iron, magnesium, phosporous, potassium, calcium, cobalt, manganese, silica, zinc, selenium, germanium,
Vitamins A, B1, B2, E, K, and panthothenic acid.

Typical Use

Suma root powder
1-2g of powder per day for muscle gain
2-4g of powder per day for hormonal applications.
Or as recommended by a Herbal Practitioner.

Folklore and History

Suma is also known as Brazilian Ginseng, although it is not actually from the Ginseng family it has similar properties. The plant has a deep root system and it is the roots which are used to heal and prevent disease. This plant is also called Paratoda meaning "for all things."


Suma is made up of pfaffic acid, phytosterols (mainly beta-ecdysone), and pfaffosides (saponins). Beta-ecdysterone is a plant phytosteroid hormone found to enhance protein biosynthesis and other anabolic (rebuilding) activities in animals. Beta-ecdysterone has been linked with muscle gain. In addition beta-Ecdysone has shown analgesic and anti-diabetic activities in human studies. Researches also found tther trace elements such as germanium, allantoin, and various vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.