How to Treat Cancer with Soursop Tea / Graviola Tea
Sour sop fruit and plant
Using Soursop Tea to Treat Cancer
How many of us are aware that research results indicate that soursop tea is beneficial in the treatment of up to twelve types of cancers? These include breast cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer, to name a few. It must be noted that unlike chemotherapy treatment the medicinal compounds in sour sop only attack cancer cells, and does not negatively affect the surrounding healthy cells. It is inexpensive and has no established side effects on the body. Sour sop can be taken as a tea, supplement or juice.
I recently came across a discussion on a certain site where the poster shared her knowledge of individuals using the soursop tea to treat their cancer. The core of the post was about a couple who had to deal with cancer of the lymph glands. The wife was suffering from this ailment. A web search using the words "gleaner report on couple using soursop to cure cancer" took me to the story of Raymond Kirlew and his wife. It is a fascinating story with aspects to which many cancer patients and their relatives and friends can relate. Here's the link.
You can share your own experience here: Has Soursop Tea Cured Your Cancer or Improved Your Health? Share Your Story
Natural Aid for cancer Treatment
Natural Remedies vs Pharmaceutical Medicines
I am a big fan of natural remedies for any complaint. I just do not have much faith in pharmaceutical medicines. I will qualify or should I say explain my statement.
Pharmaceuticals are very important and should not be ignored (at least not totally) when it is needed/prescribed to treat an ailment. What I hate is all the side effects they come with, the expense associated with them, and the secondary ailments some of them tend to bring on resulting in the need to get another set of pharmaceutical medicine to cure the new ailment.
A huge credit should be paid to the pharmaceutical companies and the undeniable contributions they made and continue to make in making our society almost, if not totally free of many diseases. Many diseases have either been cured or brought under control through their research and development of medicines.
Within the same breath, we cannot deny that there are many of these medicines which seem to create their own complications resulting in dependency on one pharmaceutical or the other. While some rid the body of an ailment another seems to poison the system. Pharmaceutical companies have been said to be among the largest money earners. That is definitely not hard to believe.
Natural Remedies have Side Effects Too
Let us not be mistaken. Natural herbs also have their own adverse effect on the human system if care is not taken during its use and administration. It is best to know the benefits as well as the contraindications associated with each herb or food used as a natural remedy.
Many persons found an answer to their complaint only after taking the decision to forego their doctor's advice or course of treatment and try something else. It is important to remember to never totally ignore one's doctor no matter what the decision. It is also important to remember that we all respond to treatment differently, and so what works for one man does not have to work for another even if the complaint is the same.
That said, I can now pay attention to sharing what I have learnt about soursop tea being used to treat cancer. The focus is on the fruit, leaves and bark of the sour sop or graviola plant.
Preparing Soursop Tea
Benefits of soursop leaves/soursop tea and how to prepare it.
My mother has always related the benefits of soursop tea.This is made by steeping the leaves pretty much just like any other tea here is made. If the fresh leaves are available, you can slightly crush them then pour on some hot water. Allow to stand for 15 minutes.
Sour sop tea bags are now available on the market. Here is the is the recipe:
Recipe for Soursop Tea
2 - 3 leaves per serving ( tear them in pieces or slightly crush them).
1 tea cup hot water
Blue Agave nectar or honey is best for sweetening (cancer patients should avoid sugar).
Individuals using the tea to treat cancer please remember that cancer loves sugar. That is the reason it is best to avoid using sugar as a sweetener.
Method: Pour on the hot water and allow it to stand for 15 minutes, or until you are satisfied it is well steeped. Alternatively, you can boil the leaves for short while then allow it to stand and steep a bit more. I prefer to do it like this. Allow it to boil rapidly for a short while (you can see the water turn green) then just let it stand a bit more while it cools. This way it takes less than 15 minutes. You can experiment to see how strong you like it so you can determine how long you prefer to steep your leaves.
Making tea with dried soursop leaves
The method would be just like that for the green leaves, but personally I think its best to boil rapidly. This is because I believe the dried leaves release their components slower than the green leaves. Some rapid boiling action, and a follow-up steeping while I allow it to cool a bit always works for me.
Remember: Bits of the bark can be used as well, and short rapid boiling action also works best to make the most of the leaves and bark.
I do remember being told that the plant is strong, so there was no need to use many leaves to make sour sop tea. One or two leaves might be enough for one person. I am really not sure on that, but that's the recommendation I follow. The leaves can be used green or dried. The usefulness of the plant for nerve ailments is another benefit I recall being told of. A concoction from both the leaves and the bark of the soursop plant is used to treat cancer.
In a nutshell among the major benefits of soursop tea are its ability to:
- Cure cancer (use leaves along with the bark to make the tea).
- Cure or alleviates nerve ailments.
- Individuals who had difficulty sleeping have also related that the soursop tea helps them to sleep better.
Another highly rated Graviola product among users. It is said to be very useful in treating cancerous tumors, and for boosting the immune system.
Vitamins and Other Nutrients in Soursop
Now remember, you benefit from having soursop as a tea (leaves and bark), as a drink (sousop punch) or just opening up the fruit and devouring the rich, succulent, white, milky saps. Whether you are a cancer patient or simply enjoy having some soursop, here is another interesting bit of information for you.
Enjoying a nice tall glass of creamy, smooth refreshing soursop juice has more to offer than downing a nice drink. It is a power house of vitamins and other nutrients.
Vitamins help the body convert foods such as carbohydrates into fuel (carbohydrates to glucose). Soursop contains significant amounts of:
This nutrient is a well known and highly regarded antioxidant. An antioxidant is a nutrient that prevents free radicals from causing some level of damage to our bodies. Free radicals are a marked culprit in cancer formation, and are produced as by-products of the foods we ingest that are transformed into energy.
Our bodies require Vitamin C for a variety of reasons. These include the growth and repair of tissues, healing wounds as well as the repair and maintenance of cartilage, teeth and bones. Vitamin C also plays an important role in the formation of collagen. Collagen is a protein substance that our body produces and use to make our skin, form scar tissues when we have a wound, and also for the formation of blood vessels, tendons and ligaments.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
This is a water soluble nutrient that acts as a coenzyme in the body's metabolism. It plays an important role in maintaining cellular function and therefore a number of organ functions. Beriberi is a disease of the heart and nervous system that results from a deficiency of Vitamin B1. Those suffering from serious liver conditions are given Thiamine supplements.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
Remember Vitamin B1 acts as a coenzyme in the metobolism process? Well Vitamin B2 is essential for the reactions of coenzymes such as this. Insufficient amounts of vitamin B2 in the body leads to an inflammation of the lining of the mouth and skin.
Other Nutrients found in Soursop
Soursop is also rich source of:
Carbohydrate (particularly fructose)
It is basically a whole food, and aside from the cancer benefits it is great for treating conditions such as arthritis, obesity, hemorrhoids, heart and kidney conditions.
A healthy sex drive is worth a million to many of us. Soursop drink is highly regarded in the Jamaican culture because for its aphrodisiac properties. It is a traditional accompaniment to the Sunday dinner in many homes.
Note: Soursop is a great addition to our diet, but don't expect it to perform untold miracles if you are not supporting it by eating properly and maintaining some level of physical fitness.
Update: Another Method of Preparing Soursop Tea and how many cups a Cancer Patient should drink per day
Through my continued research and in response to your questions, I have found information on another method of preparing soursop tea and how many cups a cancer patient should take per day for treatment.
Prepare Soursop tea by
- Boiling 10 old, dark green soursop leaves in 3 cups water.
- Allow it to boil and evaporate to just one cup.
- Divide the tea and drink twice per day.
In the story of the KIrlews, the wife had the tea three times per day. I doubt the tea she had was this strong. You could do a bit of experimenting. You can revisit the link given earlier on the article to read the inspirational story again.
You can share your own experience here.
Effects: It is said that the patient may feel some heat in the body, similar to that felt during chemotherapy. After two weeks of treatment with the sour sop tea, the cancer patient can go to the doctor for a check up.
Remember: I share information as I find them, and usually in response to your queries. Although I am positive we have a natural remedy winner here, your health and the choices you make are your responsibility.
Uses of the soursop fruit.
The soursop (annona muricata), is a tropical plant. The soursop fruit is commonly used in Jamaica to make a very rich drink (soursop juice). It is also used to make ice cream and pop sickles. My mother and siblings enjoy the sap combined with condensed milk. They place the sap in a bowl then pour on some condensed milk, toss it around to combine them then have themselves a treat. The fruit is also just popped open and the saps feasted upon. It is usually a very juicy fruit. Soursop juice seems to be a favorite in health food restaurants.
This product receives high rating among its users as being very effective in treating cancer of various forms. The product is made from an extract from the leaves of the soursop plant.
Other Medicinal Properties of Soursop
Soursop is said to have various other medicinal values. These include:
- A decoction of the leaves is useful for treating head lice and bedbugs.
- Taking the juice during fasting is said to relieve liver ailments and leprosy.
- Applying fresh crushed leaves to skin eruptions to promote healing.
- Apply the flesh of the fruit as a poultice for three days (unchanged) to speed the healing of a wound.
- The use of a decoction from the young shoots or the leaves to treat a range of ailments such as gall bladder problems, diarrhea, dysentery, cattarrh, fever and indigestion and coughs.
- Swollen feet and inflammation can be treated with a compress made from a decoction of the leaves.
- Used as an aphrodisiac (enhances sexual desires) - Quite a catch for many men and especially rated among Jamaican men.
A web search turns up other fascinating revelations about the soursop as a surge of interest in this fruit has now been generated.
The only contraindication I have read of so far is its link to Parkinson's Disease. The link does not seem to be conclusive but rather speculative on the subject. It is my opinion that those who use soursop should be mindful that it does aid in treating nerve ailments and as such may have a counter-effect if over used. Remember: That's my view.
Further reading on this yielded suggestions that a holiday be taken between administration. I have also seen some insightful testimonies of the use of soursop tea and soursop supplements by cancer patients.
The greatest financial benefit to be derive from the use of this natural remedy lies in the savings realized in comparison to using pharmaceutical medicines and a long doctor's treatment. Persons with easy access to the plant are especially blessed in this regard as all that is required is a walk out into the garden.
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