General Description: A traditional herbal medicine that is naturally rich in GABA. It is also used for the treatment of cancer, HIV, colds and as a general tonic.
Product Description: Afrigetics Sutherlandia VCaps contains 60 vegetable capsules. Each capsule contains 300mg of Sutherlandia frutescens milled herbal powder that is derived from the leaf and stem of selected strains of high-potency cultivated Sutherlandia frutescens plants.
Benefits: Sutherlandia is very high in GABA, it has adaptogenic, anti-viral, immune modulating, antioxidant and tonic properties. Its most popular use is as a herbal medicine for the treatment of cancer and HIV, but also for colds and flu, for relief from depression, stress and anxiety and as a general adaptogenic tonic.
Health Category: traditional herbal medicine (Southern Africa), immune booster.
Serving Size: 1 Capsule
Servings Per Container: 60
Amount Per Serving: 300mg Sutherlandia milled herbs
Suggested use: 1 capsule twice daily after meals.
General Information: (Source: sutherlandia.org): Sutherlandia frutescens is regarded as the most profound and multi-purpose of the medicinal plants in Southern Africa. Because of its efficacy as a safe tonic for diverse health conditions it has enjoyed a long history of use by all cultures in Southern Africa.
Sutherlandia powerfully assists the body to mobilize its own resources to cope with diverse physical and mental stresses, and it should therefore be more correctly known as an adaptogenic tonic. The traditional Tswana name Phetola alludes to this: Phetola means ‘it changes’, meaning that the plant changes the course of many illnesses into a favourable outcome (Similar to the European concept of an alterative). The North Sotho name Lerumo-lamadi means ‘the spear for the blood’ meaning that Sutherlandia is a powerful blood-purifier or all-purpose tonic.
The South African Ministry of Health and member states currently recommend the use of this herbal remedy for HIV/AIDS treatment. The recommended therapeutic dose of Sutherlandia in humans is 9 mg/kg/day. Sutherlandia has been used in the treatment of cancer, tuberculosis, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, influenza, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, peptic ulcers, gastritis, reflux esophagitis, menopausal symptoms, anxiety, clinical depression and HIV infection.
The South African Ministry of Health has concluded that this product is safe based on primate safety studies. One of the chemical constituents of Sutherlandia, L-canavanine, is an arginine analogue. L-canavanine has been reported to have anti-viral activity against influenza and retroviruses, including HIV. A US patent registered in 1988 claimed that 95% of HIV-infected lymphocytes were selectively destroyed in vitro.
An all-purpose tonic or adaptogenic herb is:
- a substance that invigorates or strengthens the system (also called a tonic).
- a substance that increases the body’s ability to adapt to internal or external stress.
- 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.
- a herb or herbs that act in a nonspecific way to strengthen the body and increase resistance to disease and stress.