Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Suma
According to most contemporary herbalists, suma is best understood as an adaptogen, a substance that supposedly helps one adapt to stress and fight infection (see the article on ginseng for a more in-depth discussion about adaptogens). In the US, suma is considered a general strengthener of the body.
Effect of Suma on Generalized Anxiety Disorder
There has yet to be much scientific research on the effects of suma for GAD, but it is recommended by some practitioners.
Side Effects and Warnings
Suma has not been associated with any serious adverse reactions. However, comprehensive safety studies have not been undertaken. Safety in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease has not been established.