The Wonder of Guyabano Leaves

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Ok.  It’s circulating on the net.  I’ve heard it from friends, too.  That heart shaped  and sometimes oblong-shaped soursop or guyabano has invaded emails as a cancer cell killer.  Now it is making the rounds again, but this time due to its leaves for its multi uses; specifically as guyabano tea leaves.

Research shows that the fruit has been used as herbal medicine in several regions globally and has been considered to be:

– antispasmodic (suppresses muscle spasms)
– sudorific (induces sweating)  and
– emetic ( induces vomiting)

The fruit, stem, leaves and bark has been speculated on as a natural cancer cell killer as per scientific researches, but no declaration has yet been made with regards to it being a medical breakthrough (despite what emails say.)  That the guyabano has anti-cancer properties is said to be one gross misinformation that has been circulating in the Internet for years now.  It has yet to be proven by medical professionals and backed up by sufficient and thorough study and research.

However, guyabano has been in the history of men since time immemorial and Grandma’s home remedies include several uses for leaves:

To reduce fever by inducing sweating, a decoction (boiling in water) of leaves can be taken internally. The leaves can also be added to bathing water and also has the same effect. The decoction may also be used as a wet compress on  feet that have become swollen and such other inflammations.

For faster healing of skin eruptions, fresh leaves can be crushed and applied on the affected areas. When applied on the wounds that are about to get healed, it is said to result in less scars or no  scars at all.

To treat other skin infections such as eczema and to alleviate rheumatism, a poultice (soft moist mass) of young guyabano leaves can also be prepared and then applied on the skin.

As tea leaves, it is said to be a powerful anti inflammatory, calms the nerves, and serves as an anti-depressant and sedative.  Friends have tried making this tea and recommended it to us.

How is it done?

A few dried guyabano leaves added to a pot of boiling water is all it takes.  Turn the flame off as soon as the water is hot enough and then cover the pot and leave the guyabano leaves to steep in the hot water for 2 minutes or more.  It can also be taken as cold tea; no problem there.  The nutritional benefits are not lost.  Whether you want to add some sugar or honey (unless you’re a diabetic) or nothing at all is okay.

In addition, aside from the leaves, the fruit juice of guyabano may be taken orally  as a herbal remedy for:

urethritis (inflammation of the urethra wherein the most common symptom is painful or difficult urination)

haematuria (the presence of red blood cells in the urine.) and

liver ailments (or hepatic disease, which include, but are not limited to, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease,  hepatitis, cirrhosis, and gilbert’s syndrome)

Despite the confusion brought about by emails pertaining to guyabano as a cancer killer, whether it is true or not; well, one thing is certain —  Guyabano is not bad for us.  So taking in the fruit, the  juice or the leaves as tea is highly recommended.

I just hope it’s also good for losing weight especially on the tummy side.  ^_^  I’m betting on its sudorific effects.

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The Ice Cold Guyabano Leaf Tea