Pfaffia Root (Suma) is a large, sprawling, shrubby ground vine with a complex, deep, and widespread root system. It is native to the Amazon as well as other regions of South America including Brazil, Panama, Ecuador, Paraguay, Venezuela and Peru. In South America Pfaffia Root is known as 'para toda' meaning "for all things" and as Brazilian ginseng, as it is widely used as an adaptogen with many uses. The native Amazonians who called Suma para toda have used Pfaffia Root for generations for a wide range of health purposes, including as a general cure-all for many types of illnesses; as a general tonic; and as an energy, rejuvenating, and sexual tonic.
Today, Suma is considered a tonic and an adaptogen. The definition of an adaptogen is a plant that improves the body's resistance to adverse influences by a wide range of physical, chemical, and biochemical factors and has a stabilising or healing effect on the body as a whole. Pfaffia root is used around the world as a cellular oxygenator and taken to increase oestrogen production, stimulate appetite and circulation, balance blood sugar levels, enhance the immune system, strengthen the muscular system, and enhance memory.
Pfaffia Root also contains 19 different amino acids, a large number of electrolytes, trace minerals, iron, magnesium, zinc, vitamins A, B1, B2, E, K, and pantothenic acid.
Soy Isoflavones Isoflavones are plant-derived compounds called flavonoids found in the greatest amount within soybeans and soy products. These soy isoflavones exist in the form of Genistein, Daidzein and Glycitein. During digestion these phytoestrogens bind to oestrogen receptors, acting as if they were oestrogen, but weaker. This is one of the significant properties of isoflavones that make them an alternative way to treat the symptoms that accompany Menopause.
Hops The hop plant, or Humulus lupulus, is a lasting climber indigenous to temperate regions. The female flower clusters are called hops and have been used for centuries to brew beer. Yet, hops extracts are also used in herbal medicine. Today, hops extract is seen as a sleep aid and for reproductive health. Hops extract possesses oestrogenic properties.
Oestrogens are the female sex hormones responsible for menstruation. Phytoestrogens are plant hormones with somewhat weak, but similar actions as human oestrogen. Oestrogen levels decline during menopause, which can result in uncomfortable symptoms, for instance night sweats and hot flashes. Phytoestrogens are continually being explored as an alternative treatment for the symptoms associated with menopause.
Licogen Licogen (or Liquorice) has many potentially healing substances including flavonoids and various plant oestrogens (phytoestrogens). It is the herb's key therapeutic compound, glycyrrhizin which has various beneficial effects upon the body.
The phytoestrogens in liquorice have a mild oestrogenic effect, which makes the herb potentially useful in easing certain symptoms of menopause such as mood swings, hot flushes and night sweats. Though the glycyrrhizin in liquorice actually inhibits the effect of the body's own oestrogens, its mild oestrogenic effect produced by the phytoestrogens succeeds in overriding this inhibiting action.