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About Sutherlandia

The Sutherlandia plant grows native in South Africa. It has been used for hundreds of years by the native population and, later, by European settlers, who all attest to it's effectiveness. Now, scientific trials are proving that the complex chemical compounds in the plant indeed do have application in the treatment of many serious ailments.
 

The Name

Sutherlandia is the common English name for the single stemmed plant with the botanical name Sutherlandia Frutescens (subs. microphylla), a flowering bush type plant that grows wild in Southern Africa.

It is known by many other names, a reflection of the many cultures that have discovered its remarkable properties. Among them are:

Name

Language

Cancerbush (English)
Duck Plant (English)
Kankerbos (Afrikaans)
Wildekeer (Afrikaans)
Rooikeurtjie (Afrikaans)
Kalkoenbos (Afrikaans)
Belbos (Afrikaans)
Gansies (Afrikaans)
Unwele (Zulu)
Insiswa (Zulu)
Musa-Pelo (Sotho)
Motlepelo (Sotho)
Phethola (Sotho)

Locations
The plant grows most common in the arid regions of Southern Africa, especially in the Cape and Natal. It grows best in dry, stony grasslands.

Characteristics
Sutherlandia is a shrub that rarely exceeds 1 m in height, though in ideal instances it can grow up to 1.5 m in height. It produces bright red flowers and is in bloom from June to December, with the seeds being contained in a green/red semi translucent pod. It has grey green leaves.

History
Sutherlandia plant has been used for many hundreds of years by the tribes in Southern Africa and later by European settlers, who soon began to appreciate the wealth of knowledge in terms of medicinal botany that was possessed by the African tribes.

For many hundreds of years, the Zulu warriors returning from battle used the plant to relax themselves. Grieving widows used it as an anti-depressant to help them through their loss. The old Zulu word of "insiswa" means "that which takes away the dark", referring to the ability of the plant to help with depression and sadness.

Now, the History of Sutherlandia is taking a dramatic new turn, with it being brought into the wider world.

Of Interest
Sutherlandia is being put to the test in South Africa, having been selected for clinical trials after mounting evidence of its remarkable effectiveness. Click here for the report.

 

A fascinating report on the experiences of one patient with Sutherlandia - and other herbal substances. Whilst such a report is hardly conclusive proof, it does make for thought provoking reading. Click here for details.

 

The National Urban Network has a very interesting take on Sutherlandia. Click here for details.

 

News

In its native South Africa, Sutherlandia is making the news on a regular basis. Please click here for a typical story.

 

Sutherlandia is attracting attention from the World Health Organization. Click here for the story from the Straits Times of Singapore.

 

Sutherlandia is being put to the test in South Africa, having been selected for clinical trials after mounting evidence of its remarkable effectiveness. Click here for the report.

 

The National Urban Network has a very interesting take on Sutherlandia. Click here for details.

 

 
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