Every so often I write about alternative health or good foods, especially if they are grown or sourced from Ecuador or the Amazon in general (such as Quinoa, Guayusa Tea, Ayahuasca and others). I do this with the help of John who has been a researcher of alternative remedies for a couple of decades, and a regular participant at health retreats in Australia where he learnt from many leading naturopaths.
This article is about another amazing health product from the Amazon which we have accidentally come across in recent weeks.
If you were told that just one Amazon herb would do the following, and it had good scientific backup, what would your thoughts be?
Do you know anyone who has cancer, or suffers from high blood pressure or depression? We certainly do. I only highlight these three because we are in contact with friends with these serious ailments.
Please note: this herb has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. We understand that this is the case because the drug companies have not been able to replicate or synthesize the chemicals in a drug in order to get a patent.
So what herb could be so powerful?
It is called Graviola. It is also called soursop, Brazilian paw paw, guanábana, guanábano, guanavana, guanaba, corossol épineux, huanaba, toge-banreisi, durian benggala, nangka blanda, cachiman épineux
Graviola produces a large, heart-shaped, edible fruit that is 15–20 cm in diameter, is yellow-green in color, and has white flesh inside. You may have seen it.
Graviola is indigenous to most of the warmest tropical areas in South and North America, including the Amazon. It is called guanábana in Spanish-speaking countries and graviola in Brazil. The fruit pulp is excellent for making drinks and sherbets and can be eaten out of hand (although a bit acid in taste).
The bark, leaves, roots, fruit, and fruit seeds are all used in natural medicine. Different properties and uses are attributed to the different parts of the tree. Generally, the fruit and fruit juice are taken for worms and parasites, to cool fevers, to increase mother's milk after childbirth, and as an astringent for diarrhea and dysentery. The crushed seeds are used against internal and external parasites, head lice, and worms. The bark, leaves, and roots are considered sedative, antispasmodic, hypotensive, and nervine, and a tea is made for various disorders toward those effects.
Many active compounds and chemicals have been found in graviola, as scientists have been studying its properties since the 1940s. Most of the research on graviola focuses on a novel set of chemicals called Annonaceous acetogenins. Various research groups have confirmed that these chemicals have significant antitumorous properties and selective toxicity against various types of cancer cells (without harming healthy cells). Many of the acetogenins have demonstrated selective toxicity to tumor cells at very low dosages—as little as 1 part per million.
Annonaceous acetogenins are only found in the Annonaceae family (to which graviola belongs). These chemicals in general have been documented with antitumorous, antiparasitic, insecticidal, and antimicrobial activities. Mode of action studies in three separate laboratories have recently determined that these acetogenins are superb inhibitors of enzyme processes that are only found in the membranes of cancerous tumor cells. This is why they are toxic to cancer cells but have no toxicity to healthy cells.
Thus far, scientists seem to have met dead-ends. When they have changed the chemicals enough for a product to be patentable, they have lost much of the antitumorous actions.
In the meantime, many cancer patients and health practitioners are taking it upon themselves to try the natural ingredients from this powerful plant … they are adding the natural leaf and stem of graviola (with over 40 documented naturally-occurring acetogenins including annonacin) as a complementary therapy to their other cancer protocols. Graviola has a long history of safe use as a herbal remedy in many countries for other conditions for many years, and research indicates that the antitumorous acetogenins are selectively toxic to just cancer cells and not healthy cells—and in miniscule amounts.
There are many good internet sites that explain Graviola in much greater depth. Please recommend this information to any of your friends and family who have any of the serious illnesses/diseases that were listed at the beginning of this article. They may wish to mention it to their healthcare practitioner.