The soursop plant, or graviola, is known for its healing abilities especially in the case of bacteria and parasite caused infections, such as leishmaniasis, herpes and even cancer. It can also be used against coughs and to stimulate vomiting and empty the bowels. It’s even been known to have relaxing and soothing effects in some people.
The plant is rich in phytochemicals which give the leaves its powerful anti-cancer properties. There was even a study published in the journal Cancer Letters which explored the effects of graviola treatment in pancreatic cancer patients. The results showed that in the patients who took graviola supplements the pancreatic tumor cells stopped proliferating and even started to die off. According to research, this amazing natural remedy can help in the prevention and treatment of various types of cancer, including skin cancer is applied topically.
Treatment for Viral Infections
The graviola plant is commonly used in many traditional medicines against viral infections. According to an article from the Journal of Ethnopharmacology from 1998 graviola leaves extract had a suppressing effect on the herpes simplex virus. This virus is very common around the globe and is mainly spread through kissing and other forms of sexual contact, through bodily fluids. There’s a need for further research to determine the extent of the benefits graviola has in the treatment of this virus but the conclusions so far have been promising.
Graviola supplements can have a positive effect on pain reduction and swelling, a study from 2010 published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences claims. The study was conducted on a group of mice which had burns on their paws. One part was given graviola leaves extract and the researchers studied their behavior. The subjects that had taken graviola supplements had decreased swelling and less indications of pain. But once again, human trials and more research is needed to determine this property for sure.
How much to take? Well, the dosage depends on multiple factors such as age, overall health conditions and so on. It still hasn’t been scientifically determined how to set the right dosage so until further information is available you should follow the guidelines on the label or consult with your doctor or pharmacist.
Possible Side Effects
THE GRAVIOLA FRUIT MUSTN’T BE EATEN! It’s been known to cause movement difficulties similar to symptoms of Parkinson’s if ingested.
There isn’t an official guideline for graviola leaf human dosage yet. Prolonged use and high dosages have been linked to myelin sheath damages, and disruptions to the normal nerve function.
If you plan on starting graviola supplementation make sure you consult with your doctor.
Prepare a Healing Soursop Tea
Method of preparation:
In a liter of boiling water add 15 soursop dry leaves and 1 small stem. Chop the leaves into pieces before boiling them. Let it simmer on medium heat for 30 minutes, or until the water is reduced to 500ml. Take it off the stove and pour yourself a cup of hot healing tea. Consume this tea 3 times a day (1 cup=165ml) in the morning afternoon and evening. If you feel the taste is too strong you can add a drizzle of lemon juice to freshen it up or some honey.
When you drink the tea you may feel hot all over but don’t worry it’s normal. You can drink 3 cups of watermelon juice to cool off after the tea or goat milk as well. After just 2 weeks you’ll start feeling much better and in a month time you’ll feel like new.
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