Graviola (soursop) is used to treat infections caused by bacteria and parasites including leishmaniasis, illness caused by parasites transmitted through the bite of sand fleas; herpes; coughs; and cancer. It is also used to cause vomiting and to empty the bowels. Some people use graviola to help them relax.
The leaves of the graviola tree have effective anti-cancer properties coming from phytochemicals in the plant. The journal “Cancer Letters” released a study looking at the impact of graviola on pancreatic cancer. Supplementing with graviola stopped cancerous pancreatic tumor cells from replicating and caused them to die. Scientists suggest this natural medicine may prevent and treat cancer. The leaves may also work for treating skin cancer when used topically.
Treating Viral Infections
Traditional medicines use graviola leaves as treatment for viral infections. An article released in “The Journal of Ethnopharmacology” in May of 1998 discovered that extracts from the leaves suppressed the herpes simplex virus. The herpes virus is spread through bodily fluids and often transmitted while kissing or through sexual contact.
According the University of Maryland Medical Center, up to 90 percent of the United States population has been exposed to one form of the infection and there is no cure. Some anti-viral medications can reduce the number of outbreaks or lessen symptoms. More research is needed to determine what function graviola can play in the treatment or prevention of herpes.
Supplementing with graviola leaves may reduce swelling and pain, according to a study published in May of 2010 in the “International Journal of Molecular Sciences.” Researchers gave mice with burnt paws extracts of graviola leaf and observed their behaviors. Those offered the supplement had less swelling and demonstrated less indicators of pain. However, more research is needed to determine the safety and efficacy of this use in humans.
The proper dosage of graviola depends on many factors such as the user’s age, health, and a number of other conditions. At this time, there is insufficient scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for graviola. Make sure to follow relevant instructions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or doctor or other healthcare professional before using.
Possible Side Effects
DO NOT EAT THE FRUIT: Eating the fruit could lead to movement disorders similar to Parkinson’s disease, according to a case-control study in the French West Indies.
No established human dosage for graviola leaf exists yet. Long-lasting or high-dose supplements may cause damage to the myelin sheath, disrupting normal nerve function. Movement disorders may also occur because of compounds called alkaloids present in the plant. Symptoms of these conditions resemble those of Parkinson’s illness. Talk with a medical professional before taking a graviola leaf supplement or making/drinking soursop tea.
How To Make Soursop Tea
- Boil 1 liter of water, then take 15 soursop dry leaves (fresh or dried ones both have same value) and 1 small stem, cut into little pieces and put into the boiling water.
- Do not close the vessel and continue to boil the water on small flame for 30 minutes, till the water vaporizes to 500 ml.
- Now the soursop tea is ready to drink. Drink 1 cup (165ml) filtered soursop tea hot or warm or cool, 3 times every day, in the morning, afternoon and at the night.
- For better taste you can add ½ spoon of lime juice, 2 pudina leaves and add some honey (not sugar).
After drinking, the body may feel the effects of heat, but no side effects. To cool the body drink 3 glasses of fresh watermelon juice, and drink 3 glasses of goats milk every day. After 2 weeks you will feel the benefits of soursop yourself, and in 4 weeks the improvements can be felt clearly.
Keep in mind: Drink soursop tea thirty minutes before eating.