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Graviola Soursop Annona Muricata

Graviola Soursop Annona Muricata

Pinyin: not known Latin: Annona Muricata

Physical Characteristics

Annona muricata is a small, upright, evergreen that can grow to about 4 metres (13 ft) tall and cannot stand frost.*

Common Name

Cherimoya, Guanabana, Soursop, Sour Sop, Custard Apple, Brazilian Paw Paw

Family

Annonaceae

Traditional Chinese Medicinal (TCM) Uses*

Derived from a tree in the rain forests of Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia. The bark, leaves, root, and fruits have been used as traditional remedies in many countries. Extracts of graviola have been shown to have antiviral, antiparasitic, antirheumatic, astringent, emetic, antileishmanial and cytotoxic effects. Graviola has also been shown to be effective against multidrug resistant cancer cells line. There are no large scale studies in humans on the effects of graviola. Alkaloids extracted from graviola may cause neuronal dysfunction and degeneration leading to symptoms reminiscent of Parkinson's Disease. Purported uses: Cancer treatment, Herpes, Infections, Parasitic infections and Sedation.*

References

Source: Graviola Soursop Annona Muricata Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Annona muricata



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