Soursop (Annona muricata)
Graviola or Durian, as a healing tree might or might not be news to you. Either way, I bet there’s information here you didn’t previously know. Find out how you can benefit from its medicinal properties.
Most widely used to:
- inhibit growth of cancerous cells
- regulate high blood pressure
- as an anti-oxidant
- eliminate parasites and other intestinal worms
- relieve skin conditions like eczema, boils and lice infestation
- as an anti-depressant and stress reliever
Properties/Actions Documented by Research:
antibacterial, anti-cancerous, anticonvulsant, antidepressant, antifungal, antimalarial, antimutagenic (cellular protector), anti-parasitic, antispasmodic, cardio-depressant, emetic (causes vomiting), hypotensive (lowers blood pressure), insecticidal, sedative, uterine stimulant and vasodilator.
Commonest ways of consuming Soursop:
Infusions (hot teas), decoctions (boiled teas), tinctures (alcohol and water extracts), and macerations (cold-soaking)
The seeds in crushed form and the fruit as a whole may also be eaten. Capsules of the plants are also available.
Generally, the fruit and fruit juice are used against worms and parasites, to cool fevers, to increase mother’s milk after childbirth, and for diarrhea or dysentery. The crushed seeds are used against internal and external parasites, head lice and worms. A tea from the bark, leaves or roots are useful for spasms, low blood pressure and various stress disorders.
One of several methods to make a decoction:
Boil 10 soursop leaves in 3 cups of water until only one cup of water remains. Strain, cool and drink. The decoction may also be used on the hair to treat lice trouble.
As a paste for skin conditions and pain of arthritis:
mash soursop leaves until they become smooth and apply on the areas of the body affected
Standard dosage (Important: Always check with your doctor before consuming)
Infusion: 1 cup thrice a day
Tincture: 2-4 ml thrice a day
Capsules: 2 g thrice a day
- for people with low blood pressure. Graviola is a hypotensive, vasodilator, and cardio-depressant. Those taking antihypertensive (against high blood pressure) drugs should check with their doctors before taking Graviola and monitor their blood pressure accordingly.
- consumption of large amounts at a single time may cause nausea or vomiting. Reduce the quantity should this occur.
- chronic, long-term use of this plant may eliminate good gut bacteria due to its antimicrobial properties. Probiotics and digestive enzymes are recommended if this plant is used for longer than 30 days.
- Graviola has demonstrated uterine stimulant activity and is hence not advisable during pregnancy.
- as Graviola has sedative action, drowsiness or sleepiness may occur. Reduce the dose should this occur.
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CAUTION: Always check with your doctor before consuming any substance with medicinal properties.
In homoeopathy, we also use Graviola as a medicine. If you have questions, feel free to contact us.
This post is dedicated to my father whom I lost a few days ago. Here’s to green thumbs and greener tomorrows. Cheers Dada!