Suma (Hebanthe eriantha) is often referred to as Brazilian ginseng, though it’s not even in the same family as the Panax genus. It does, however, have some similar qualities.

Both plants are adaptogenic, meaning that they bring the body into balance. Thanks to helping oxygenation at the cellular level, suma also bolsters energy. This has some bearing on the subject of aphrodisiacs, since health, energy, and sex drive are quite logically related. Flagging sexual appetites may therefore possibly be restored by use of suma. Not a traditional aphrodisiac, no, but a good addition to one’s diet.


Suma’s nickname, para tudo, points out suma’s role as panacea, since the vine’s root is useful in a variety of ways. Aside from the functions listed above, suma helps stabilize blood sugar, increases one’s stamina and may even help reduce cancerous tumors. As with most of these traditional medicines, there’s only been a limited amount of research, but it is very promising.

Like most herbs, a certain minimum amount is required to make any difference. The minimum recommended daily dose for suma is 9 grams.

Suma. It does a body good.

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