Cancer is one of the leading strenuous diseases known today and its effects are devastating. The treatment of cancer can be carried out in various ways and most of them leave a cancer patient distressed in their fight. Since cancer was discovered, there have been numerous studies about it in a bid to look for improved ways to deal with it and researchers have learnt of a plant that kills cancerous cells.
It is a tropical plant that is known as Annona muricata, soursop or guananbaba. The plant grows in the Central and Southern parts of America and it has been utilized in those regions for the last three centuries for its healing properties. The roots, bark, leaves, and fruits of this plant were mainly used as herbal sedatives, but the traditional healers increased its use to include the treatment of diseases such as arthritis, liver problems, fevers, asthma, heart complaints, parasites in the human body, and diarrhea.
Annona muricata is a green, irregular shaped and bluntly spikes fruit which reveals a creamy white pulp and black seeds when opened. It has a delicious tropical flavor and is eaten fresh or made into shakes, smoothies, and other foods or beverages. Its leaves and barks are dried to be used for Graviola tea or boiled to excerpt its medicinal properties.
The Graviola plant was first clinically researched in 1976. The tests involved the examination of Graviola extracts on the cancerous cells of a pancreas, prostate, and lung and the outcome as the elimination of those cancerous cells. The tests were carried out in test tubes and were not concluded because they were not done on humans or animals. The reaction of the Graviola extract on the cancerous cells was seen to be ten thousand times better than that of Adriamycin, a common chemotherapy drug.
During the test, the Graviola plant did not affect any other parts of the specimen used except the cancerous cells. This made it exceptional and preferred over the drugs used to treat cancer because they deteriorate all the cells in the human body. It was preferred over chemotherapy as well because it chemo causes hair loss and nausea in cancer patients, something inexistent with Graviola. Graviola, however, is still being studied to ensure that it is safe for humans, but the thought of a cure for cancer is exciting many and they look forward to its introduction.
There is also another natural product that contains healing properties and is in the same family of Graviola called Annona squamosal, custard apple or sweetsop. This fruit is responsible for fighting cancer, malaria, diabetes, hyperglycemia, and parasites. Nonetheless, it is not capable of fighting diarrhea, anxiety, and wounds like its relative Graviola. Its anti-diabetes properties that control diabetes in a pregnant person to reduce the risks of birth defects makes it stand out.