Sutherlandia frutescens is a southern African legume which has traditionally been used as an indigenous medicine for a variety of ailments. It is a shrub with bitter, aromatic leaves. Red-orange flowers appear in spring to mid-summer.
Scientific name: Sutherlandia frutescens/Lessertia frutescens
Common names: Sutherlandia, cancer bush, balloon pea(English); umnwele, unwele (isiXhosa and isiZulu); kankerbossie, blaasbossie, blaasertjie, gansie, gansiekeurtjie, klappers, hoenderbelletjie (Afrikaans), phetola, mokakana (Setswana), lerumo-lamadi (North-Sotho), musa- pelo, motlepelo (Sesotho)
Cancer bush is used as an immune booster in the treatment of HIV/Aids, as a medicine in the treatment of chicken pox, internal cancers, colds, ‘flu, asthma, TB, bronchitis, rheumatism, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, liver problems, haemorrhoids, piles, bladder and uterus problem, diarrhoea, dysentery, stomach ailments, heartburn, peptic ulcers, backache, diabetes, varicose veins and inflammation. It is also used in the treatment of mental and emotional stress, including irritability, anxiety and depression and it could aid digestion and improve the appetite.
Place 1 tea bag in a cup with hot water. Drink hot or cold
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