Graviola or Soursop – The graiviola tree grows in warm tropical areas in Southeast Asia such as the Philippines and in South America. Known as a sedative, a nerve tonic, and used to maintain proper intestinal health, graviola or soursop is just one medicinal tool stemming from the graviola tree. Throughout history, each part of the graviola tree, such as its bark, leaves, roots, fruit, and seeds have been used for medicinal purposes. The seeds have been used to treat nausea and vomiting, while herbal medicine practitioners recommend using the fruit and leaves to relieve stomack distress, pain, cough, asthma, and fever.
Graviola or soursop is known to be rich in vitamin C and B vitamins thiamine, riboflavin and niacin, and the following:
Soursop is particularly beneficial for strengthening the immune system.
Most parts of the soursop (or guanabana) plant are used in traditional medications in treating various diseases and ailments, including inflammation, rheumatism, diabetes, hypertension and parasitic infestation.
Soursop fruits: The fruits are used traditionally to treat arthritic pain, neuralgia, fever, diarrhea, dysentery, skin rashes and parasitic infections. They are also eaten to increase a mother’s breast milk after childbirth.
Soursop leaves: Nicknamed “the cancer killer”, are used traditionally to relieve spasms, fight against collapses, hypoglycemia, inflammation, cystitis, headaches, insomnia, and for treating cancer.
Soursop seeds: The seeds are crushed and used for fighting against internal and external parasite and worm infections in human.