Also known as Graviola in Portuguese, it's known as Guanábana (Spain), Guyabano (Phillipines), Corossol (France), Soursoup (England), Zuurzak (Holland), Sirsak (Indonesia), Mundla (India), and Aluguntungun (Ghana) designated.

The German name is Stachelannone or Sauersack. The graviola belongs to the family Annonaceae, which has more than 50 species native to the tropics and subtropics, e.g. the sugar apple (Annona squamosa), the cherimoya (Annona cherimola), the cinnamon apple (Annona squamosa) or the cream apple (Annona reticulata).

Graviola (Annona muricata) is an evergreen deciduous tree originating in the Amazonas of South America. The graviola tree can reach a stature height of up to 12 meters. The leaves are firm, dark green, oblong and reminiscent of their shape on bay leaves.

The soursop fruit is botanically a big berry and can weigh up to 6 kg. Under its prickly, leathery shell is a snow-white to caramel-colored, aromatic, slightly sweet-sour pulp.

Soursop and traditional medical use

At the traditional medicine in South America and Asia, the extracts from the soursop tree have been used for generations to heal and relief. The transmitted knowledge is based on centuries of experience of indigenous peoples. The healing effect is achieved as needed by treatment with the leaves, bark, seeds or fruit of the soursop tree. The traditional knowledge of different application and preparation of the individual tree components, traditional physicians successfully treat a wide range of health problems.

The active ingredients of soursop are used by

High blood pressure
Liver problems
Nerve pain
Skin diseases

Soursop is used to combat parasites and worms. Soursop has an antispasmodic effect and is traditionallyused as sedatives.

Soursop seeds are used to kill skin parasites and lice and as an emetic in poisoning. The bark of the Soursop tree acts as a sedative and is said to relieve heart problems. The soursopfruit is used as a juice and the leaves as an infusion to kill parasites and viruses, as well as reduce diarrhea and fever. Soursop roots are used to treat diabetes.

Soursop and active researches

Since 1978, Graviola has increasingly been at the center of scientific research and united traditional Indian medicine with Western alternative medicine. For many years, international research has focused on the antitumor, fungus and anti-inflammatory properties of graviola. In Europe, Asia and the United States, research is focused on the antitumor properties of Graviola.

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