Graviola - Herbal Tea (85g)

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Tea Leaves of Graviola (Soursop).

Tea Leaves: 85 gr. (net wt)
Makes 4 Gallons of Tea
(Using 20 g. or approx 2/3 cup to make one gallon)

Benefits: Blood purification for cancer, diabetic and heart disease patients

Latin (botanical) Name: Annona muricata

Summarized Description: Graviola (called "Guanabana" in Ecuador) has been well-publicized for its anti-cancer properties. We first reported on it in 2001 when the Health Sciences Institute ran an article entitled, "Billion-dollar drug company nearly squashes astonishing research on natural cancer killer." (Note: it is the position of orthodox medicine that graviola has no proven anti-cancer properties. Our position is neutral, and we merely report the ethnobotanical use of the product and the findings of independent researchers.)
In 2008 we introduced AO Oleander Graviola Blend as an adjunctive tonic with the nerium-based, cancer-fighting preparation, amvirzel. We are now introducing it as a tea, as it is one of the most pleasant tasting tonics we've ever encountered.

Leslie Taylor (RAI) publicized the plant's main actions as "anticancerous, antitumorous, antimicrobial, antiparasitic, (and) hypotensive." (1) A more complete list of medicinal activities can found below, taken from Dr. Duke's work.

Graviola, a close relative of cherimoya (Annona cherimola), is a fruit tree that grows from Mexico to Peru. Although better known for its fruit ("soursop") is powerful traditional from the Amazon, used as a healing agent by the indigenous to treat a wide variety of health conditions (see below).

Uses and Protocols:

I. Preparation --- if you can boil water, you can make this product:

Professional herbalists will recognize this as a standard infusion.

  1. Add roughly 20 grams (about 1/4 of the bag of product) to one liter (about 4 cups) of purified water. Boil for 45 minutes.
  2. Drink 1/2 cup once daily at least one hour before a meal.

Warnings / Contraindications: Taylor indicates that graviola has "anticardiodepressant, vasodilator, and hypotensive (lowers blood pressure) actions. Large dosages can cause nausea and vomiting. Avoid combining with ATP-enhancers like CoQ10." (2)

Duke's warnings are more succinct: "Repeated consumption could cause the neuronal dysfunction and degeneration underlying the West Indian parkinsonian syndrome (X11835443). As of July 2007, the FDA Poisonous Plant Database listed 16 titles alluding to toxicity of this species." (3)

Shelf-Life: This product is dehydrated, so its functional shelf-life is well in excess of two years.

Ethnobotanical Dosage / Usage: Duke provides a "food pharmacy potential" score for this plant of, "FNFF=!!!" ("Important enough in the world to be in many U.S. supermarkets"). Fruit pulp widely consumed as food, including in U.S. markets; consumed fresh or as beverages, custards, ice cream, liqueurs, sherberts, used in Cuba's "champola de guanábana" and Philippines "nata dy guayabana"; young shoots eaten steamed with rice (FAC; TAN). Powdered green fruit used for aphthae (stomatitis) and dysentery (KAB). Leaf tea anthelmintic, antidysenteric, febrifuge, stomachic, and sudorific, given with sugar for nervousness or palpitations (WO2). Sudorific leaves and flowers for kidney troubles (WO2). Seeds crushed and used to kill lice (DAV).

Here are other ethnobotanical uses cited by Duke (4):

  1. Flowers or flower buds used for cough in Réunion (KAB).
  2. Roots considered antispasmodicin Réunion (KAB).
  3. Trinidadans use for high blood pressure (X17040567).

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