- Published on Saturday, 25 May 2013 08:04
- Written by Calvin G. Brown
Growing up as a boy in Hopewell, Hanover, my grandmother ensured that I was fed with a steady diet of ‘bush teas’, which, according to conventional wisdom, was good for all the ailments known to man.
In addition to the lime leaf, fever grass and mint teas, grandma Ida ensured that I was fed with a steady diet of soursop leaf tea from the tree out in the yard.
“drink up de tea bwoy, it good fuh yu nerves!” was her usual exhortation as she placed the enamel mug of soursop tea before me on the dining table, suitably sweetened with condensed milk.
My grandmother was among the army of Jamaican mothers who knew that the soursop has been a natural healer for varied illnesses for generations. The information had been handed down over time and had become a conventional wisdom.
Perhaps what my grandma did not know at the time, was that the healing properties of the soursop, (also known as graviola and guanabana) were not limited to, but also included the fact that it is known as an effective antidepressant, it prevented muscle spasms, can lower blood pressure, regulates the heart, widen blood vessels, it is antibacterial, anti-tumor and also anti-cancerous.
And the miracle healing powers of soursop is not limited to the fruit. Studies have shown that other parts of the plant can also be of tremendous benefit:
Seeds: antiparasitic (a natural remedy for lice)
Bark: lower fever, remedy for asthma
Leaves: speed up the healing of wounds and serves as a sedative, arthritis and rheumatism in which the leaf is crushed mixed with olive oil and applied externally; It relieved symptoms of bronchitis, colic cough, asthma, and asthenia and was considered potent enough to fight ulcers and infections.
Unripe soursop: aid digestion
Roots: specially used for diabetes and spasms and used as sedatives.
According to the research, “the plant produces a set of phytochemicals known as the Annonaceous Acetogenins. These chemicals have powerful anticancer and antitumor properties and are hailed as a miracle for cancer patients, the biggest soursop benefit of all. The acetogenins show powerful cytotoxity towards various kinds of cancer cells and illuminate them. Researches prove that these chemicals are much more potent than the currently use chemotherapy drugs and do not harm healthy cells like the chemotherapy drugs do causing hair loss and extreme nausea.”
There is no doubt that the amazing anti-cancer properties of the soursop or grvriola tree have been extensively researched - so why haven't you heard anything about it?
According to the website www.empoweringbetterhealth.com, “the drug industry began a search for a cancer cure and their research centered on Graviola, a legendary healing tree from the Amazon Rainforest.
It turns out the drug company invested nearly seven years trying to synthesize two of the Graviola tree's most powerful anti-cancer ingredients. If they could isolate and produce man-made clones of what makes the Graviola so potent, they'd be able to patent it and make their money back.
Alas, they hit a brick wall. The original simply could not be replicated. There was no way the company could protect its profits or even make back the millions it poured into research.
As the dream of huge profits evaporated, their testing on Graviola came to a screeching halt. Even worse, the company shelved the entire project and chose not to publish the findings of its research!”