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.
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.
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.