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KANKERBOS
CANCERBUSH
GANSIES

SUTHERLANDIA FRUCTESCENS

 

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Name  
KANKERBOS Botanical Names: 
Sutherlandia ellE11>FructescensFamily: 
Fabaceae. (pea family)

Other Names
 
Cancer Bush, Gansies, Gansbossie, Keurtjie

Parts Used 
Usually the dried leaves and also all above ground parts.

Description 
Cancer bush is a low, silvery leafed shrub native to South Africa. A red flower appears close to summer and develops into a translucent papery balloon type pod between 4 and 6 cm) , which contains the small black seeds. The pods are usually goose beak shaped and size hence the name gansbos. The bush seldom grows more than a meter high

Overview  and Mythology.
Native to South Africa, Cancer bush likes the drier areas of the small Karroo and west coast of South Africa. There are at least 6 varieties and they may be difficult to tell apart.
The Khoi and Nama people used the herbs traditionally to clean wounds and internally for colds, flu, fevers and pains. The North Sotho call it “the spear for the blood” meaning it is a powerful blood purifier. Sutherlandia is regarded as one of the most multi purpose plants in Southern Africa.

Constituents.
 
Canavanine---a non-protein alpha amino acid. This ingredient is said to have anti cancer effects by acting on the immune system
Amino Acids----- GABA (protein Inhibitory Neurotransmitter),
Asparagine (stimulates the Central Nervous System)
Vitamins---
Pinitol, (a form of the vitamin B group) is known to lower blood sugar level

Saponins

Triterpenoid Glucoside called SU1—being investigated

Dosage Recommendations
Tinctures or infusions are used. A cup of boiling water is poured on 1 g of the herb and allowed to stand for 10 minutes before straining. The infusion is taken three times a day.
It is
also available in capsule and ointment form.

Medicinal Actions
Adaptogenic Tonic (a substance that works on a cellular level to relieve stress on it), Anti Bacterial, Anti Diabetic, Anti Fungal, Anti HIV, Anti-inflammatory (has H2O2 type scavenging properties),, Anti Oxidant, Anti Stress (decreases level of corticosterone), Anti Tumourigenic properties, Anti Viral, Autoimmune Properties

Applications.
Cold, Infusion, Tea, Tincture, Capsules. Ointment.
As a tea, I teaspoon to 1 cup boiling water at least twice daily. Used in the following internal illnesses
Aches And Pains, Anti Tumourigenic properties, Arthritic, Autoimmune Properties, Backache, Blood purifier, Colds And Flu, Detox, Diabetes, Inflammation, Liver Problems, Rheumatism. Varicose Veins

Health Benefits of
Cancer Bush.
 
Immune System
Many herbalists use it in the treatment of Cancers. The anti Tumourigenic and auto Immune stimulatory effects of Cancer bush are claimed to help.  Metabolism
Cancer bush reputedly helps to normalize Blood Sugar levels, Liver problems.

Respiratory system
Reputedly helps Influenza and Colds.
Musculoskeletal System
Cancer bush reputedly alleviates Rheumatism and Back ache

External Medicinal Use
Used as an ointment for skin lesions and varicose veins.
It is also used as a poultice for skin lesions.

Applications.
Topical Applications: Ointment or Poultice for bruises and skin lesions. 
 Energetics.
Bitter, Pungent, Warm, Dry

Contra indications and side effects
Avoid during mal nourishment. Crohns disease and Lupus Erythamatosis Canavanine may affect the liver in some cases so when taking cancer bush, it is necessary to eat a healthy diet and supplement with a Detox—veg such as celery, parsley and fruit such as apple and watermelon are helpful.

Use During Pregnancy And Lactation.

 Avoid.

Interactions with Other Drugs.
None known.

Doctrine of signatures
Red flowers indicate use in blood normalization.
Very bitter indicating use in liver healing Hardy, growing in harsh environment with minimal water indicating use for survival and energy. Seed pods look like polyps hence association with cancers.

Astrology
 Herb of Leo.

Chakra

 Affects All.
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