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Graviola Introduction: History, Chemistry, Gardening

Graviola (Annona muricata) is a miraculous evergreen tree found in the rainforest of South and North America. This small tree is well-known in herbal medicine and has several names: Soursop, Brazilian Paw Paw, Guanabana. The plant may grow up to 5-6 meters high. Graviola has large, shining, dark-green leaves and delicious fruits commonly known as paw paw. The latter are heart-shaped and have approximately 15-20 cm in diameter.

Graviola is not a new discovery in herbal medicine. It has been widely used by indigenous population to treat a number of illnesses and diseases. The inhabitants of the Peruvian Andes, for example, make tea from Graviola leaves for catarrh and eat crushed seeds to kill parasites and bacteria. The Peruvian Amazon tribes consider the roots, leaves, and bark of the tree to have sedative and antispasmodic properties.

The population of the Brazilian Amazon has always used Graviola leaf tea to treat liver problems. Their women ate Graviola fruits or drunk the juice to increase lactation. The Brazilians made a mixture from Graviola leaves oil, its fruit juice, and olive oil. It was applied externally for rheumatism, neuralgia, and arthritis pain. The native people of Jamaica, Haiti, and the West Indies used the fruit and fruit juice to treat diarrhea and fevers. The bark and leaves was praised for their antispasmodic and sedative properties and effectiveness for treating heart diseases, cough, flu, asthma, and hypertension. Graviola tea is advised to drink every day in order to elevate mood and increase the quality of life. Indigenous tribes of the rainforest scattered the crushed leaves around beds and pillowcases to have a good sleep. The crushed leaves were also used instead of smelling salts to return to consciousness.

Serious clinical studies on Graviola have been carried out since the 1940s. Most of them have documented anti-tumorous, anti-parasitic, anti-viral, hypotensive, and antidepressive properties of the plant. This is due to the rich chemical structure of Graviola. One of the most active and important constituents is a group of chemicals called Annonaceous acetogenins, which are praised for the unique anti-cancerous and anti-tumorous properties. They can be found in Graviola leaves, stem, bark, and fruit seeds. Scientists have already defined more than 34 compounds of this group. Annonaceous acetogenins are very effective in the treatment of all types of cancer: they kill cancer cells and do not harm healthy ones.

Graviola acts as an antidepressant due to the novel alkaloids found in its seeds and roots. However, one should be very careful while undergoing the treatment with this plant, because these alkaloids may be toxic to the nervous system. Scientists suggest that they may lead to Parkinson disease. One more very important chemical compound found in fruits is serotonin uptake inhibitor that accounts for the feeling of joy.

Graviola is usually grown in wild soils of the rainforest areas and harvested by the indigenous people. To obtain tincture and capsules, the Spagyric method is used. It allows preserving the product’s bioavailability and nutritive properties. At first raw Graviola herbs are crushed and put into a liquid which consists of pure grain alcohol and water and are left there for 3-4 weeks. This liquid helps decompose the herb’s cells structure and release all the important phytochemicals. As a result, the Graviola tincture shows much more bioavailability and is better absorbed. To produce capsules the raw material is used. It is also crushed, then applied with a tincture spray and finally dried and encapsulated. The processed Graviola products (capsules and tincture) are more powerful and have stronger healing properties than the raw material.

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Raza Bhojani Karachi
2014-10-02 13:53:32
also its name is custard apple in english
Raza Bhojani Karachi
2014-10-02 13:45:52
its hindi name sitaphalurdu name shareefa n in english sugar apple.
2014-07-12 12:02:35
thankful experience
2014-05-27 09:17:46
This fruite is available in Many places In kerala they call mullen chakka.Even in Mangalore it is avilable in some villages and people are not aware of it.i use it for cancer treatment and its working fantastic.Even inSrilanka it grows.Month of May is the season for it .ripe fruit slice it and keep in deep freezer and have just one slice everyday.
2014-03-05 11:35:12
This is not athi chakka or Atha chakka OR Seethapazham.Atha chakka have no spikes outside..This is MULLAN CHAKKA
2013-03-05 11:08:50
It's rellay cute It's rellay cute that she thought that the tree had one name and the fruit had another name. Let me see: Lemon tree; lemon fruit. Organge tree; orange fruit. Banana tree; banana fruit. Now you try it. I'm just kidding. Gave me a chuckle. Was this answer helpful?
2012-10-20 10:36:46
idiots its not seetha palam.seetha palam is custard apple in eng okay..its mul seetha in tamil.it cure 10000 times stronger more powerful than chemo therapy to treat cancer ok..go and google it.those who said wrong know it.if u dont know,go and read fully..not to be in half-minded ok.watever u say.must be correct..otherwise bcoz of that people wil too thinks wrong and get incorrect fruit wat u say okay..so pls..its serious.
2012-10-07 03:12:10
Hi.. I tried to get this ..but know one knows by this name in Chennai or Tamil Nadu - Athi Chakka (in Thamizh, சீதாப்பழம்), if any one knows exactly where we can get this plant please let me know at anandhkumars@gmail.com - Thanks in advance.
2012-09-30 12:16:33
It is called 'Mullan Chakka' or 'Athachakka' in Malayalam. Seethapalam in Tamil is not the same. It is something else. I have found this in some area of Kerala in some houses.
2012-09-28 04:59:13
Hello, Please suggest Graviola Indian name, I would like to know Indian name for Graviola tree..
Can i get the tree seed for plantation?
If mean suggest me where i can get?
Its available at NAGPUR (Maharashtra)
2012-08-09 01:48:13
In tamil it is Mul Seethapazham.This is different from normal seetha pazham.
2012-07-07 00:35:23
My uncle aged 65yrs having diabetics has been found with squamous cell carcinova under the tounge, May i know the prescription of using LAXMANPHAL SEEDS usage in a day, since it has to be used carefully ,otherwise it may lead to nervous problem as read in this article.(i.e parkinson deasease.)
2012-03-15 12:38:08
This is not Common Seetha Pazham. This is MUL Seetha pazham which is totally different from the medical properties than normal seetha fruit. It can be grown anywhere in India this tree would give fruit in two to three years. Mainly the leaves have more medical properties.
2012-03-12 12:10:20
This fruit is available in Bangalore with local street vendors, russel market fruit stalls, Coxtown street vendors etc
K.Vikas 9867798863
2012-03-11 04:38:14
Hi All,
In hindi or Marathi we can called it "Laxmanphal"
Also we can called Mamphal.
Its very rare in Mumbai.
All characters of this plant match with Ramphal & Sitaphal. It Show Annonaceae family charachter.
2012-03-04 00:02:00
Cant we get the fruit any where in India , please let me know if any address of the place is know or at least a web link which can provide online orders ,etc any clew regarding that is very much appreciated. thank you.
2012-03-02 22:46:40
HEY this fruit soursop is common in coorg or kodagu(karnataka)..u have to ask it as seethapalam,even it has seasons too for fruit...
2012-02-28 03:38:18
you can ate as much as like any other fruit.it is available everywhere in south kerela especially in villages.
2012-02-27 01:15:23
I would like to know tamil name for Graviola tree..
Can i get the tree seed for plantation?
If mean suggest me where i can get?
2012-02-22 09:25:40
Can Graviola tree be planted in Mumbai
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