Unwele Tea (Cancerbush)
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Categories: Teas - Anxiety - Appetite - Asthma - Bronchitis - Cancer - Depression - Fatigue - Gastritis - General Health - HIV/AIDS - Hypertension - Immune System - Influenza - ME Syndrome - Menopause - Peptic Ulcer - Reflux Oesophagitis - Rheumatoid Arthritis - Stress - TB - Type 2 Diabetes - Viral Hepatitis - Wasting - Yuppie flu
Unwele Tea is made from Sutherlandia frutescens and is regarded as the most profound and versatile of the medicinal plant species in Southern Africa. Because of its efficacy as a safe tonic for diverse health conditions it has enjoyed a long history of use by all cultures in Southern Africa.
Sutherlandia powerfully assists the body to mobilise its own resources to cope with diverse physical and mental stresses. Unwele which means “hair” in Zulu and Xhosa explains that the plant got its name because it stops you from “pulling out your hair” caused by stress. The traditional Tswana name Phetola alludes to this: Phetola means “it changes” meaning that the plant changes the course of many illnesses into favourable outcome. The North Sotho name Lerumo-lamadi means ”the spear for the blood” meaning that Sutherlandia is a powerful blood-purifier or all-purpose tonic.
The indigenous and contemporary uses of Sutherlandia include use as a tonic for:
• Enhancing well-being
Sutherlandia and HIV/AIDS, TB and Cancer
Any person with the above illnesses has many symptoms. Sutherlandia helps the body to counter those symptoms. These symptoms vary from loss of appetite, weight-loss, high anxiety levels, loss of sleep and a general vigour for living. A person diagnosed with HIV will benefit from Sutherlandia as it will delay the progression from HIV into AIDS. Sutherlandia has the ability to boost immunity. As in the case of people with HIV/AIDS and cancer they can take Sutherlandia for the plant’s ability to help control weight and appetite. The plant can also decrease high levels of irritability and anxiety, thus improving the mood. An increase of energy levels can also be noted in the people who take Sutherlandia on a regular and recommended basis. When a person starts to take Sutherlandia, it is recommended that they stay away from substances which breaks down the immune system. Substances like smoking, alcohol and drugs which damages the immune system. Sutherlandia should not be taken during pregnancy.
Sutherlandia may have blood thinning and lowering of blood sugar effects. People who use prescribed blood thinning medication, or diabetic medicine should not take Sutherlandia without consulting a doctor.
Brew 1 teaspoon of tea in hot water for 4 -5 minutes.