Sutherlandia, Immune-Boosting Wonder Herb from Africa

    Sutherlandia Frutescens

Cancerbush / SutherlandiaThis perennial woody shrub, native to South Africa, with its deeply divided, grey-green leaves and large, showy, bright scarlet flowers and fascinating inflated seedpods, is used as a bitter tonic and a general panacea by the local Khoi and Nama people.

Also known as Cancerbush, this bitter herb, as a tea made of the dried leaves and twigs, has been used for treating stomach problems and internal cancers. The virtues of the plant also extend to include relieving the symptoms of

  • Colds & Influenza
  • Chicken pox
  • Diabetes
  • Varicose veins
  • Piles
  • Inflammation
  • Liver problems
  • Detox
  • Backache
  • Rheumatism & Arthritis

The medicinal use probably originated with the Khoi and Nama people, who used extracts externally to wash wounds and internally to relieve fever and a variety of other ailments. The published biological activities of the plant’s compounds appear to validate some of the traditional uses of the plant, and further support its use as a Quality-of-life Tonic in Cancer and AIDS patients.


  • Immunomodulatory
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Vaso-dilatory
  • Analgesic
  • Anti-viral
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-cancer
  • Inhibitor of Tumour Necrosis Factor (TNF) – Excess production of TNF is known to drive the wasting process in Cancer, TB and AIDS patients

Contraindications/Side Effects:

None. Safe to use during Pregnancy.


Half a bunch (±10g = 3 tablespoonsful) of dried ground herb is infused until cold with one liter of boiling water, then strained and taken in half teacupful doses (90ml) three times daily. Children 6 –12 years: one quarter teacupful (45ml).

Sutherlandia is also available in tincture, capsule and tablet form.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Ettiene Marais
    Apr 01, 2015 @ 10:37:15


    I,m farming in the Northern Cape near Prieska. As a side line to my farming I grow 6 ha of Sutherlandia Frutessence. I have a lot of stock available, if you need to purchase directly from the farm, please contact me. My latest price for milled material to a mesh size of 2-3 mil are R.70 a kg, and for pure leaves R.190 a kg. Prices exclude vat, shipping and freight cost, delivered in Prieska.

    Regards, Ettiene Marais




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