Pfaffia paniculata, Brazilian ginseng

Pfaffia Paniculata is also known as Brazilian ginseng. It is an adaptogen that is capable of increasing tolerance of external stress factors.

Pfaffia Paniculata normalises the way in which our body responds to stress. It can calm, stimulate or provide energy according to our body’s needs.

It can boost our defences and has anti-tumour and anti-carcinogenic properties.

The roots of the Pfaffia Paniculata plant contain active ingredients that play an important role in supplementing cancer treatment.

Pfaffia Paniculata provides us with energy and boosts our body’s resilience.

Amongst the contents of the Pfaffia Paniculata root, we can find saponins, some of which are specific to this plant and are known as pfaffosides. They also contain germanium.

Oxygenates the cells of the body

The germanium contained in Pfaffia Paniculata acts upon the cell membranes by facilitating the exchanges that occur between the interior and exterior of the cells of the body, and increasing oxygen flow to the cells.

This way, cellular function is optimised and organ function is enhanced.

DHEA Hormonal balance regulation

Pfaffia root contains some phytosterols (sitosterol and stigmasterol) that help to regulate hormonal balance and improve some of the symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome, dysmenorrhea and the menopause.

Pfaffia Paniculata can also increase libido in men and women. Pfaffia Paniculata and Muira Puama work well together in this area.

Improves heart function

The synergetic action of beta-ecdysterone  and ecdysteroids, together with the germanium’s adaptogenic and electro-stimulating effects help towards strengthening the heart muscle, controlling arrhythmia and cell oxygenation.

Boosts the defenses

Germanium activates the macrophages and increases NK (natural killer) cell production. NK cells are important components of non-specific immune function.

These cells don’t destroy the pathogenic microorganisms directly – their function is linked to destroying infected cells or those that may be cancerous.

The saponins found in Pfaffia contain pfaffic acid. In Japan, pfaffic acid is used for its anti-tumour properties.

Pfaffic acid hinders the synthesis of a type of protein that causes cancerous cells to reproduce.

Studies are currently being conducted to determine the benefits of Pfaffia as a supplement to carcinoma treatment.

Pfaffia increases the body’s resistance. In Japan, Pfaffia has been patented for hospital use in oncological treatment.

Other uses

  • Chronic fatigue, general tiredness, fibromyalgia.
  • Sexual disorders (impotence, frigidity, low libido etc.)
  • In sickle cell anaemia

Pfaffia Paniculata can be obtained in capsule form.

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