Suma is a vine that grows in Central and South America. It has been used to help the body fight illness. No human studies have been done using suma. Suma can be taken as a pill, powder, or extract. It can also be made into a tea.
There are no advised doses for suma.
There is not enough data to support that suma is helpful in treating health problems. We will review future studies as they are published.
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It may be safe to take suma in small doses for a short time. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to use for a long period. It is also not known whether it is safe to take by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse.
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Last reviewed July 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC Last Updated: 3/27/2020