Cancer Bush (Sutherlandia frutescens) is a small shrub with bitter, aromatic leaves. Red-orange flowers appear in spring to mid-summer. It is widely used by practitioners of traditional healing, such as herbalists (inyanga) and diviners (isangoma) in Southern Africa.
Its usage is undisputed throughout history, with examples of its decoctions combating fevers and cleansing wounds observed by Dutch settlers, documenting the timeless herbal knowledge of the ancient Khoi, San, and Nama tribes.
In modern times it is used for a very wide variety of ailments, such as: chicken pox, internal cancers, colds, ‘flu, asthma, TB, bronchitis, rheumatism, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, liver problems, haemorrhoids, piles, bladder and uterus problem, diarrhoea, dysentery, stomach ailments, heartburn, peptic ulcers, backache, diabetes, varicose veins and inflammation. It is also used in the treatment of mental and emotional stress, including irritability, anxiety and depression and it could aid digestion and improve the appetite.
Making it one of the most versatile medicinal herbs on the market.