Cancer bush is used as an immune booster in the treatment of HIV/Aids, as a medicine in the treatment of chicken pox, internal cancers, colds, ‘flu, asthma, TB, bronchitis, rheumatism, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, liver problems, haemorrhoids, piles, bladder and uterus problem, diarrhoea and dysentery.
The therapeutic properties of Sutherlandia are based on its ability to help the human body to mobilize its own immunologic and physiologic resources to help combat diseases and fight mental and emotional stress. Several reviews have been published on the pharmacologic activities of Sutherlandia frutescens. In vitro and in vivo studies carried out on the leaf and whole plant extracts have provided evidence of its antiproliferative, antiviral, antistress, antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, antibacterial, antioxidant, and antithrombotic properties, thus validating the traditional claims.
The Cancer Bush is a multi-purpose medicinal plant. The parts of the plant most commonly used are the dried twigs and leaves. It is said to improve appetite and weight gain in cancer patients and is an immune booster in the treatment of HIV/AIDS.
It is also said to be a gentle tranquiliser that decreases anxiety and irritability. As a good general medicinal plant it is used to help stomach ailments, diabetes, rheumatism, eye infections and much more. Do plant a Sutherlandia, it is an attractive shrub in the garden and its contrasting bright orange flowers make a eye catching point of interest.