General Information

Common Name:


Latin Name:

Pffafia Paniculata



Other Names:

Brazilian Ginseng.

Para Todo.

Indications & Historical Uses

Suma is one of the most highly regarded herbs from South America. It has been used as an adaptogen, and historically has been used as:

  • Anabolic;
  • Analgesic;
  • Anti-inflammatory;
  • Tonic and nutrient for regeneration;
  • Aid to increase resistance to stress.

Contraindications & Precautions

None known

Do not use in pregnancy.

Adverse Side Effects:
None Known.

Drug Interactions:
None known.

Dosage Information

How Supplied:

Capsules of 200 mg.


200 mg capsules twice daily.


The most notable ingredient of Suma is Ecdysterone. Other ingredients are the Saponins (Pffafosides and Pffafic acid), beta sitosterol, allantoin and vitamins and minerals. Suma is considered to be the richest source of B-ecdysterone. A great deal of research is being done all over the world to study the anabolic effects of ecdysterone and plant sterols. Some research from Japan indicates that it may inhibit certain types of cancer. However, more studies need to be done.

Active Ingredients:

  • Saponins;
  • Pffafosides A,B,C,D,E,F;
  • Pffafic Acid.


Brazil- Suma is one of the most highly regarded herbs from South America, and is native to the mid Atlantic forest regions of Sao Paulo and Rio Janiero State.


The roots of the Suma plant are used to prepare the extract.. The product is prepared by distilling and spraying an extract of suma using 96% pure Sugar Cane ethanol. The active ingredients are then extracted.

Scientific References

Hikino, H. and Takemoto, T., Naturwissenschaften, 59:91-98 1972.

Otaka, T. and others, Chem. Pahrm. Bull., 17:1352-1355.

Syrov, V.V. med. Sh. Uzb., 3:67-9 1986.

Kurmukov, A.G., Med. Zh.l Uzb. ISS 10 68-70 1988.

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