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By Peter Stevenson MEMBERS of Volunteer Doctors Cyprus have treated around 350 people at their free clinic in Nicosia since it opened three months ago, while two more, one in Paphos and one in Polis are due to open today. Limassol also has a free clinic, which was opened only last month, and plans have been drawn ...
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Cyprus Internet Directory [ A truly amazing plant ]

A truly amazing plant

Amazonian Ginseng. (Pfaffia paniculata) syn. Pfaffa; Suma; Para Toda. A perennial vine member of the Amaranthaceae growing to about four metres in iron rich soil in the Amazon basin. It has a thick root system, producing heart-shaped leaves with panicles of small yellow/green flowers. The plant was first recorded in 1826 when it was noted that the local name, Para Toda, meant ‘for all things’, which, considering the claims made for it, may not seem too exaggerated. The only connection between this cultivar and the Siberian, Korean and American Ginsengs is the name: there is no botanical link.
Pfaffa has been used by the Amerindian tribes for centuries to combat fatigue, jungle ulcers, wounds, loss of sexual potency and as a tonic to restore energy.

The plant contains 19 amino acids, vitamins A, B1, B2, E and K, the minerals magnesium, zinc, iron and germanium which plays an important role in all bio-chemical life. It also contains Pfaffic acid, Allantoin, Sitosterol and Stipmasterol. This makes the plant an adaptogen (a substance that stimulates the body’s defensive mechanism). It is also antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour, a tonic and an oestrogen enhancer.

Modern herbalists recommend Pfaffa for a wide range of ailments that includes, menopausal problems, loss of appetite, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, cholesterol reduction, arteriosclerosis. It is also used to reduce the side effects of the contraceptive pill, to reduce osteomyelitis, stress and PMT, circulatory problems, impotence, memory and immune system enhancement, and to restore nerve and glandular functions.

Modern research in the United States and Japan indicates that the plant contains powerful anti-cancer properties and has inhibited the cell growth of Melanoma, and lung and liver carcinomas; it has also shown promise in combating lymphoma and leukaemia in mice.

Currently, some drug companies are seeking patents to market extracts from the plant as a treatment for sickle cell anaemia.

Until recently Amazonian Ginseng was known as ‘The Russian Secret’ because it was taken by their athletes to increase muscle density and endurance without any of the side-effects associated with steroid intake.

Extracts from this plant must not be taken when pregnant.

Last week I stated that I would be covering Siberian Ginseng, but realised I wrote about it three years ago, so I hope you found this variety as interesting.

Next week…Grapes.

(Source: Cyprus Mail)

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