The suma vine is a medicinal plant of the violaceae family , scientifically known as anchietea salutaris . It is also called Paraguayan, baúna, piriguara and suma, in Portuguese. In Argentina, it is called bejuco and isipó-Mi. Born in South America, it is easily found throughout Brazil, mainly in the states of Minas Gerais, Goiás, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

It grows in fertile, moist, airy soils with plenty of organic matter. It has a slender stem, lanceolate and small leaves. The flowers are pedunculated, aromatic, yellow, white or pale pink. The root is thick, starchy and has an alkaloid that provides a spicy taste. There are two varieties: white suma and purple suma. Both have the same therapeutic effects.

Historically, it is said that it was used by indigenous peoples and riverside populations for hundreds of years. They used to make a decoction, very bitter, against snake venom.


It has active ingredients such as starch, anglycones (such as caincetin), methyl salicylate, chicotanic acid, fatty acids, vegetable resins, glycosides and essential oils.


The suma vine traditionally acts very slowly, but it is extremely effective. It is one of the best blood purifiers, in addition to treating skin conditions. Its use stimulates salivation, therefore, it is well tolerated by the stomach mucosa, allowing for a longer period of use. It even acts as a diuretic and a tranquilizer. In addition, it is indicated in the treatment of:

  • Asthma;
  • Whooping cough;
  • Bronchitis;
  • Herpes;
  • Boil;
  • Cough;
  • Psoriasis;
  • Rheumatism;
  • Conjunctivitis;
  • Pharyngitis.

Its use, as a wash on the spot, is even useful against blemishes and sores, dermatoses and scabies. It also acts on mucous membranes, being very effective against coryza, rickets and fistula. The aqueous extract of the root, according to a study carried out in Brazil, also demonstrated anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties when administered orally in mice.

Smack vine tea

Tea from this plant is indicated for the treatment of dry and wet eczema, especially for children. Put two tablespoons of the short vine in a liter of water. Once boiling starts, let it boil for about 10 minutes. After this time, remove from heat and let it rest for another 10 minutes. So strain and drink 2-3 cups a day.


Natural medicine has the dosage table for vines, only as not to exceed the maximum amount allowed.

  • 1% infusion or decoction: 50 to 200 ml per day;
  • Fluid extract: 1 to 2 ml per day;
  • Tincture: 5 to 10 ml per day;
  • Syrup: 50 to 100 ml per day.

Contraindications and side effects

There are no contraindications or side effects when used within the recommended amount.