Graviola is a small evergreen tree. The leaves, fruit, seeds, and stem are used to make medicine.Traditionally, Graviola has been used extensively in certain areas of the world and its traditional uses include the following:


  • In Peru
    The leaves are brewed and used to treat inflammation of the mucus membrane and to help get rid of mucus in the nose, throat or lungs.
  • In the Amazon region
    The root and the leaves of the Graviola tree are used to control blood sugar levels in diabetic patients.
  • In the Caribbean
    Tea is made from the leaves of the tree for coughs, flu symptoms and asthma.Breastfeeding mothers make sure they eat its fruit to promote milk production.
  • In many parts of South America
    The juice is used to treat dysentery and scurvy while the bark and roots are used as a sedative.
While the fruit-bearing tree can also be used medicinally by utilizing the fruit, roots, and bark, the leaves themselves contain the highest concentrations of the active ingredient, acetogenin.

Graviola is said be able to boost the immune system and helps to keep illness at bay; it supports the liver, kidneys, thyroid, pancreas, intestines, gall bladder, ovaries, and prostate. It has also been shown to reduce brain tumors and halt breast cancer.

Graviola does have a few contraindications. Pregnant women should not take high doses since a fetus also produces high levels of ATP (like cancer cells), and the seeds and roots can be neurotoxic, where alkaloids are highest in concentration. The leaves and pulp of the Graviola fruit are safe; however, and the leaves contain the highest levels of acetogenins.

How does it work?

Graviola contains many chemicals that may be active against cancer, as well as disease-causing agents such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites.