Suma typically refers to the dried root of Pfaffia paniculata, a plant native to the Amazonian rain forests. According to the American Pharmaceutical Association's "Practical Guide to Natural Medicines," the plant's berries, bark and leaves are also used medicinally. Known throughout the Amazon basin as "para todo," which translates to "for all," suma is consumed as an enhancer for general health and well-being. You should consult a physician prior to using suma or any herbal remedy.
Based on its reputation as an energy-giving enhancer of overall health, suma has been studied as a potential treatment for cancers. The effects of suma on cancers is still largely unproven in humans, but research indicates that suma may have great potential in cancer treatment applications. According to the "Practical Guide to Natural Medicines," a Japanese study used suma derivatives to inhibit the growth of melanoma tumors in a test tube; the researchers also observed anti-tumor effects of suma in mice. A 2010 study in "Experimental and Toxicologic Pathology" showed that suma controlled the proliferation of cells as well as apoptosis, or cell death, in laboratory mice. Suma has not yet been shown to be effective as a cancer inhibitor in humans. Ask your doctor about the use of suma as a cancer treatment.
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