Cancer is one of the most devastating diseases presently known and its effects are heartbreaking. The treatment of cancer can be carried out in various ways and most of them leave a cancer patient distressed in their fight. The study to seek improved ways to fight cancer has been consistent and scholars discovered a plant that eliminates cancer cells.
This tropical plant that fights cancer 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.
The Graviola fruit is green, irregular in shape with blunt spikes and holds a creamy white pulp and black seeds in it. It has a pleasant tropical taste and can either be eaten fresh or included in shakes, smoothies, and other foods or beverages. The leaves and the barks of the wild soursop trees are dried to make Graviola tea or boiled to extract its medicinal compounds.
The first modern clinical research on the plant was done in 1976. The test included the cancerous cells of a pancreas, prostate, and lung and the result was that the Graviola plant killed the cancer cells. The tests were carried out in test tubes and were not concluded because they were not done on humans or animals. The effects of the Graviola plant on cancerous cells proved to be ten thousand times stronger than that of a popular chemotherapy drug known as Adriamycin.
During the test, the Graviola plant did not affect any other parts of the specimen used except the cancerous cells. This made it stand out because many cancer drugs used usually deteriorate even the condition of the healthy cells in a human being. 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. It is known to tackle health conditions such as cancer, malaria, diabetes, hyperglycemia, and parasites. Unlike its counterpart Graviola, it does not handle conditions like diarrhea, anxiety, and wounds. Its anti-diabetes properties that control diabetes in a pregnant person to reduce the risks of birth defects makes it stand out.