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Graviola Leaf For Cancer (Soursop)

I had just read about how, Soursop also name Guanabana, fruit can assist in cancer recovery and now I find the leaves also have a cancer killing ability.

The reason that Graviola Leaf should be used in a cancer protocol is that is is cheap, easily obtained and has multiple therapeutic abilities. The leaves are abundant and can be bought cheap on the internet. The tea could be used for an enema, that may especially be useful again colon cancer. If the leaves were heated in water to become steam, it may be useful lung cancer due to its Analgesic, Astringent, Antiparasitic, properties in dealing with fluid on the lungs and reducing the chance of possible infection.

PROPERTIES/ACTIONS: Antibacterial, Anticancerous, Antiparasitic, Antitumorous, Antispasmodic, Astringent, Cytotoxic, Febrifuge, Hypotensive, Insecticide, Nervine, Pectoral, Sedative, Stomachic, Vasodilator, Vermifuge

TRADITIONAL USES: Analgesic, Antispasmodic, Asthma, Astringent, Childbirth, Chills, Fevers, Flu, Diuretic, Gall-Bladder Tea, Glactagogue, Hypertension, High Blood Pressure, Insomnia, Lactagogue, Nervousness, Neuralgia, Palpitation, Parasites, Rash, Rheumatism, Ringworm, Sedative, Scurvy, Skin Disease, Tranquilizer, Vermifuge

TRADITIONAL REMEDY: One cup leaf infusion 1-3 times daily

Graviola (Annona muricata) also called soursop or guanabana is a powerful tree that grows deep within the Amazon rain forest in South America and throughout the Caribbean. The plant has been used for centuries by medicine men in South America to treat a number of ailments, including hypertension, influenza, rashes, neuralgia, arthritis, rheumatism, high blood pressure, diarrhea, nausea, dyspepsia, ulcers, ringworm, scurvy, malaria, dysentery, palpitations, nervousness, insomnia, fever, boils and muscle spasms. According to recent research it also protects the immune system, boosts energy and may have strong anti-cancerous properties. Producers claim it is stronger at killing colon cancer cells than common chemotherapeutic drugs and that it hunts down and destroys prostate, lung, breast, colon, and pancreatic cancers, while leaving healthy cells alone.

All parts of the Graviola tree are used in natural medicine in the tropics including the bark, leaves, roots, fruit and fruit-seeds. Different properties and uses are attributed to the different parts of the tree. Generally the fruit and fruit juice is taken for worms and parasites, to cool fevers, to increase mother’s milk after childbirth (lactagogue), and as an astringent for diarrhea and dysentery. The crushed seeds are used as a vermifuge and anthelmintic against internal and external parasites and worms. The bark, leaves and roots are considered sedative, antispasmodic, hypotensive and nervine and a tea is made for various disorders for those purposes.

As a traditional remedy, graviola can be used as a preventative herb, for maintenance or as a cure for many complaints. In the West Indies and Latin America, graviola leaves are used to make a common bush tea which is taken daily by both children and adults as a nerve tonic. The leaves are strewn around beds and pillowcases to bring on restful sleep. The crushed leaves are used instead of smelling salts to revive one from a fainting spell. In Jamaica, the leaves are also used for kidney and gall bladder problems and to eliminate inorganic calcium deposits in the joints. In the Bahamas a remedy for high blood pressure is made by adding 15 leaves to a pint of boiling water. One cupful is taken in the morning and another is taken at night. The crush leaves are used as a poultice for wounds and sores. A tea of the dried fruit is commonly used for dysentery and jaundice. In Trinidad, a tea of the leaves is taken for flu, insomnia and to relieve burning urine. In Costa Rica, the crushed leaves are rubbed on the legs to repel chiggers and other body parasites.

Graviola is considered an important ally in the combat of more than twelve types of cancer, like lung, breast, prostate, among others. In vitro studies, conducted in more than twenty laboratories, show that graviola can provide a ten thousand times better improvement than treatment with chemotherapy. Scientists are proving its real efficiency in combating cancer. In the majority of cases, natural plant treatments give our life-force the necessary vitality for recovery, and in addition improves the perspective life of the sick person. Using extracts of this powerful tree, a full and natural therapy can be possible without the severe side-effects from the chemotherapy, e.g., nausea and loss of hair.

Other promising and ongoing research at Purdue University recently found that leaves from the Graviola tree killed cancer cells “among six human-cell lines” and were especially effective against prostate and pancreatic cancer cells. In a separate study, Purdue researchers showed that extracts from the Graviola leaves are extremely effective in isolating and killing lung cancer cells. The most recent study, conducted at Catholic University of South Korea, revealed that two chemicals extracted from Graviola seeds showed “selective cytotoxicity comparable with Adriamycin” for breast and colon cancer cells. The chemicals targeted and killed malignant breast and colon cells in a test tube–comparable to the commonly used chemotherapy drug Adriamycin. Another study, published in the Journal of Natural Products, showed that Graviola is not only comparable to Adriamycin–but dramatically outperforms it in laboratory tests. Results showed that one chemical found in Graviola selectively killed colon cancer cells at “10,000 times the potency of Adriamycin.” Perhaps the most significant result of the study cited above from the Catholic University of South Korea, and of each of the others we’ve found, is that Graviola was shown to selectively target the enemy and leaving all healthy, normal cells untouched. By comparison, chemotherapy indiscriminately seeks and destroys all actively reproducing cells–even normal hair and stomach cells. This is what causes such often-devastating side effects as hair loss and severe nausea. In this respect, Graviola looks to be a promising alternative or supplement to mainstream treatments.

Studies in the years 1.998 to 2.000 for McLaughlin and Chih HW, Chui HF have shown that acetogenins are inhibores of complex I of oxidative phosphorylation chain and thus block the formation of ATP energy needed to put the cancer cell running your pump mediated by P-glycoprotein, which allows you to stay active.

The acetogenins also inhibit the ubiquinone-ubiquinone oxidase, NADH-dependent enzyme that is peculiar to the plasma membrane of the cancer cell. McLaughlin made his investigations and Bullatacinone Bullatacin acetogenins.

Currently antitumor property of the soursop (graviola) has been patented by at least nine foreign companies.

The graviola is a plant which can be used not only the fruit that contains abundant nutrients and vitamins, but also the medicinal properties of its different parts, especially leaves, for its anticancer properties.

Posted on by Tom Coghill

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2 Responses to Graviola Leaf For Cancer (Soursop)

  1. Mirko NC. says:

    Graviola — A Great Support to Cancer Treatment

    The special topic of my work as Nutrition Consultant is pharmacy-nutrition-interaction. I try to reduce the negative effects of pharmacy such as chemotherapeutica with several supplements (orthomolekulare medicine) and mushrooms and herbs f.e. Graviola.
    Graviola (Annona muricata) comes from the deep rainforest jungles along the Amazon.
    I know dietary supplements of Graviola leaf and fruit and I see this as base for patients with any forms of cancer. Also is Graviola ideal for people with several metastasises. I recommend as well other herbs f.e. Cats claw (also known as Una d`Gato), several mushrooms extract f.e. Agaricus blazei Murrill (ABM), Coriolus versicolor or Hericium erinaceus, glyconutrients and several supplements. But a dietary supplement of Graviola leafes is the number one to treat cancer and to protect possible side effects from chemotherapy/radiotherapy. My base dosage of Graviola is initial (for 10 days) 4 to 6 caps./day. The next step is 3 x 600 mg caps. per day. In the phases of chemotherapy/radiotherapy I recommend 4 to 6 caps. per day.
    Graviola herb tea, made from the leaves is a great base to preparation of Smoothies, ice cream on base of fresh fruits, fruit dips and raw fruit desserts.

    Graviola and his benefits to cancer

    In 1976, an investigative program in medicinal plants carried out by the National Cancer Institute of the United States, discovered that the leaves and stems of Annona muricata are cytotoxic against cancer cells, so that researchers have been insisting in this topic since then.

    Kills cancer cells



    Graviola has more potential in killing colon cancer than Adriamycin (a chemotherapeutic drug)

    Slows tumor growth

    Reduce side effects of chemotherapeutic drugs

    Can be helpful to support cancer related pains

    Can be helpful for people with metastasises

    What kind of cancer is treatable with Graviola ?

    For all types of cancer
    Pancreatitis cancer
    Colon cancer
    Lung cancer
    Prostate cancer
    Ovarian cancer
    Liver cancer
    Breast cancer

    Help for pharmacy side effects

    Some pharmacy drugs have possible side effects f.e. to stomach and intestine.
    Pharmacy such as aspirin (ASS), anti rheumatic (NSAIDs) or chemotherapeutica f.e. can be irritant to the lining cells of stomach/mucosa intestine. They cause inflammations. If you take these pharmacy’s you must protect somehow mucosa of stomach & intestine as well.

    L-Glutamine (5 g to 20 g/day to prevent) can help to protect gastric-intestine mucosa.

    L-Glutathione is an ubiquitous antioxidant involved in many functions such as detoxification and blocks free radicals damage to all types of tissues. L-Glutathione (3 to 4 x 500 mg/day) decreases side effects of f.e. analgetica so that they will be better tolerated.

    Licorice DGL (to prevent 3 x 500 mg/day).

    Generally Graviola leafes are helpful to protect side effects as well.

    Cancer related Pains and Possible Support

    Vitamin B12 (as Methylcobalamine) supports people with cancer related pains.
    Vitamin B6 can be helpful as well.
    Vitamin C (as C Ester) is a very important detox related vitamin f.e. kidney support, liver support, antioxidativ support etc. . It can be also an effective help in case of cancer related pains. I recommend a dietary supplement of Graviola leafes here as well.

  2. riana says:

    After 12 chemos and 66 radiotherapy sessions to combat breast cancer I’m ready to try an alternative. Is tea made with fresh graviola leaves just as effective as the capsules?