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African Ginseng™ - Big Tree's Sutherlandia frutescens capsules
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Sutherlandia frutescens is also known as Cancer Bush or Kankerbos.

All the Sutherlandia frutescens sold on this site is of the subspecies microphylla.

Sutherlandia powerfully assists the body to mobilize its own immunological and physiological resources to combat disease and physical and mental stress. It is widely regarded as the African adaptogenic tonic par excellence.

Sutherlandia is a dietary supplement.


  • Multi-purpose adaptogenic tonic
  • Wasting syndrome in AIDS, TB and cancer
  • Immune modulatory tonic and quality-of-life tonic
  • Heartburn, gastritis, reflux oesophagitis, peptic ulceration
  • Hot flushes and irritability in menopause
  • Mild Asthma
  • Rheumatism and Rheumatoid arthritis support

One to two capsules/tablets twice a day after meals, unless otherwise directed. AIDS and cancer patients should take Sutherlandia on an ongoing basis under supervision of a health care professional. Contraindicated in pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Sutherlandia should be taken indefinitely to support chronic conditions.

Children - Half a tablet can be given twice a day, crushed in a little sugar.

Chemistry and Pharmacology
Highly bioactive compounds have been found in Sutherlandia. L-canavanine is a non-protein amino acid with documented antiviral, anti-bacterial, anti fungal and anticancer activities. It is also a selective inhibitor of inducible nitric oxide synthase. Pinitol has clinical application in treating the wasting syndrome. GABA is a natural neurotransmitter that gives a profound sense of well-being.

Minor side-effects reported include occasional incidents of:

  • mild loose stool
  • mild constipation
  • dry mouth
  • dizziness may rarely be experienced by severely wasted and debilitated patients, and can be prevented by taking tablets after meals.

As with most health supplements, safety during breast feeding has not been established.

Drug Interactions
None known. There may be theoretical interactions with anti-hypertensive and anti-diabetic medication, requiring a possible reduction in dose of these medications. Patients on any medication should consult suitably qualified health professionals before commencing a course of Sutherlandia. In view of recent information that many common dietary supplements (e.g. garlic, ginkgo, ginseng) may be implicated in prolonging bleeding time, it is not recommended to take this product while on anti-coagulants, including aspirin, heparin and warfarin. Similarly it is recommended that the use of Sutherlandia should be stopped two weeks before elective surgery.

Storage Conditions
Store at room temperature, out of reach of children.

Sutherlandia Gel

Topical treatment for:

  • Acne
  • Shingles
  • Herpes
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Ringworm
  • Athletes foot
  • Nappy rash
What is an adaptogen?

Definitions of adaptogen:

  • a substance that invigorates or strengthens the system (also called a tonic).
  • Increases the body's ability to adapt to internal or external stress.
  • is a term that applies to herbs that maintain health by increasing the body's ability to adapt to environmental and internal stress. Adaptogens generally work by strengthening the immune system, nervous system and/or glandular systems.
  • A substance that modifies the metabolism of the body to combat particular forms of environmental stress.
  • herbs that act in a nonspecific way to strengthen the body and increase resistance to disease and stress.

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