Healing properties of soursop

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Originally from Peru, with a scientific name annona muricata L. and typical of tropical climates, Soursop is one of the most consumed fruits in the south of America, where day by day specialists in natural medicine discover the incredible medicinal properties of this Food.

Consumed throughout the South American continent, it is also known by other names such as corosol, catuche, annona de México, Brazilian chirimoya, graviola or felt.

It is also a great food option, because in addition to having a pleasant taste, Soursop is an important source of vitamins B, C and A, in addition to containing in its composition some minerals such as iron, Calcium, Potassium and Phosphorus, without having it is also providing a rich calorie intake due to the presence of carbohydrates.

However, it is in recent decades that this South American fruit has begun to be studied and consumed due to its important healing qualities. On this occasion we want to present some medicinal uses that can be given to the Soursop, as well as to the leaves, stem and roots of the tree from which it is born, which – like that of the avocado (see more information in medicinal properties of avocado) – sometimes it has even more properties than its own fruit.  Here are some healing properties of the Soursop:

As a diuretic

One of the main properties of this fruit is to be diuretic, thus helping those suffering from fluid retention and inflammation. To use it with this intention you can simply take the soursop juice, thick or diluted. Thus you can also boil a cup of water and add some leaves of the soursop tree, in order to prepare an infusion or tea, which also has diuretic properties.

As a repellent

You can also use this fruit as a repellent, in which case it can be used in two ways. For example, you can grab the seeds from the soursop and crush them with the help of a grinding stone. With the powder we rub the skin, preventing the insects from approaching us. Likewise the water made from soursop leaves is also a useful repellent against lice, so you should wash the head that has fallen victim to this pest with soursop leaf water.

For mumps

Also the leaves of the soursop tree constitute an important deflator of mumps. To use it, the leaves should be cooked in water (no more than three sheets) to soften their texture. Once the goal has been achieved, with the help of a piece of hot cloth, the leaves are placed on the swollen mumps, achieving to lower their volume quickly.

As an anti-flu

Similarly, experts in naturopathic medicine say that soursop is an important tool to prevent or treat influenza or allergic pictures. According to the researchers’ indications, soursop has decongestant and antihistamine properties.

To use it for this purpose you should prepare a tea based on three leaves of the soursop tree, as well as a handful of flowers. In order to avoid the bitter taste of the leaves should be sweetened with a little natural honey.

Against cancer

Although treatment with this fruit should never replace that indicated by an oncologist, Soursop is indicated for cancer patients, first because it is a rich source of vitamins and minerals, which come to strengthen the immune system, but because because according to naturist studies it appears that this fruit has medicinal properties that help the body fight cancer cells.

One of the suggested treatments is to fast three liquefied leaves in a glass of water. However it should start little by little, so it is recommended to first liquefy a leaf and consume only half a cup, for at least a week, so that the body gets used to it.

After this time if it is observed that the patient has not reacted badly to the treatment the dose is increased to two leaves and one glass of water. However, you need to consult your doctor before starting this or any treatment. It is also recommended to seek the advice of a professional naturist doctor.

Other uses of soursop

Likewise, according to specialists in naturopathic medicine, soursop also helps to avoid, combat or counteract the following medical tables:

1.- It is very effective to help fight internal bleeding, for which it is advisable to take an infusion made with three leaves of the soursop tree.

2.- Also, for its decongestant properties it is an effective remedy against asthma.

3.- Helps to fight hypertension.

4.- Likewise, naturopathic doctors have concluded that soursop has the property of keeping the blood glucose level controlled, so it is extremely useful in the treatment of people with diabetes. It has also been shown to help restore balance and good functioning of the liver, while also being an effective anti-jaundice medicine.

5.- In the same way its sedative properties have been proven, so consumption of tea made with the leaves of the soursop tree is also an important method to treat pictures of insomnia and anxiety.

However, you should always consult with your trusted doctor before incorporating a new food into our diet or starting treatment. It is also advisable to seek a specialist in natural medicine, so that we can focus on the preparation, methods and uses of these alternative treatments.

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Healing properties of soursop
Source: curiosities  
September 11, 2019

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