The Effectiveness of Guyabano as Medicine
Guyabano (scientific name: Anona muricata) is a heart shaped fruit with 10-30 cm long and up to 15 cm in width. The skin of the fruit is leathery and covered with curved, soft, pliable spines. When the tip of these spines can break off easily, then the fruit is ripe enough to eat. The inside of the fruit is cream-colored and is divided into segments. Closely-packed segments are seedless and other segments have a single oval, smooth, hard black seed. One piece of large fruit can contain a dozen to 200 seeds or even more. It tastes slightly acidic and it is used as food in different ways. For example you can spoon the flesh out and make a drink out of it or produced it into candies, tarts, shakes and ice-cream and from the leaves you can make a tea.
A native of tropical America, guyabano was introduced into the Philippines at an early date and is no cultivated in all parts of the Archipelago. The plant grows in any kind of soil, but a fairly deep, friable soil of volcanic origin is conducive to growth and fruiting. It thrives very well from sea level up to 500 meters above sea level. Medicinal Use of Guyabano
Guyabano has been used as folkloric herbal medicine in many regions through the world. It is considered to be antispasmodic, sudorific and emetic. A decoction (boiling in water) of guyabano leaves is used to kill bedbugs and head lice. To reduce fever, a decoction of leaves can be taken internally or the leaves added to bathing water also have the same effect. The crushed fresh leaves are also applied on skin eruptions for faster healing. A poultice of young guyabano leaves is applied on the skin to alleviate rheumatism and other skin infections like eczema. Applied during the healing of wounds, this can result in less or no skin scars. The decoction can also be used as a wet compress on swollen feet and other inflammations.The juice of the fruit is taken orally as a herbal remedy for urethritis, haematuria and liver ailments. Medicinal Benefits of Guyabano
Urinary Tract Infection
Guyabano fruits are rich in Vitamin C which is very effective in preventing Urinary Tract Infection. It increases the acidity of the urine thus, reducing the presence of bacteria. Vitamin C has also an essential role in boosting the body's immune system. Digestive Problems
When it comes to digestive problems, Guyabano is also excellent in preventing constipation and other digestive conditions such as colon related diseases. For individuals who wish to lose weight in a natural way, they don't actually need to take laxatives since guyabano is effective in relieving constipation. It is also rich in fiber which is essential for the overall health of the digestive system. Leg Cramps
Guyabano is also rich in potassium which is effective in relieving leg cramps and rheumatism. Lack of potassium in the body can cause weakness. In fact, the potassium content of guyabano (Soursop) is half in bananas. Energy
One of the best Medicinal Benefits of Guyabano Leaves is the boost of the body’s energy level. For those who always feel tired or weak, guyabano leaves or fruits are essential in boosting the body's energy. It is rich in thiamin, potassium and sugar which are all essential nutrients in boosting the body's energy. This is an organic energy which doesn't cause negative side effects to the body. Cholesterol
Fresh fruits and vegetables are all essential in reducing the body's bad cholesterol level. Guyabano is rich in Niacin which is essential in increasing the body's good cholesterol level. This is an essential diet to include for individuals who have a high cholesterol level in their body. Anemia
Guyabano is rich in iron which is essential in preventing blood related diseases such as anemia. Anemia is a condition of the body which characterized by lack of healthy red blood cells. Some anemic consider taking iron supplements but it is still natural to obtain it from fresh fruits and vegetables....
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