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Effects of Boiled Guyabano Leaves Tea Health Benefits

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Boiled Guyabano Leaves Tea Health Benefits

Boiled Guyabano Leaves Tea Health Benefits

Boiled Guyabano Leaves Tea Health Benefits

Alternative Names

Guyabano tea leaves are usually dried first before they are used to make a beverage. The plant that produces these leaves with cancer fighting properties is also known as the soursop or graviola.

Boiled Guyabano Leaves Tea Health Benefits - Where to Get It

Guyabano (soursop) grows naturally in Jamaica and other parts of the Caribbean, where it is known for its medicinal qualities. If you do not live in an area where this tree grows naturally, you can get dried leaves online, at retailers like Amazon.


Guyabano tea is easy to make.

  1. Simply add a few dried guyabano leaves to a pot with boiling water.
  2. You should turn off the flame when the water is hot enough and cover the pot, leaving the graviola to steep in the hot water for at least two minutes.
  • You can adjust the number of leaves you place in the pot to your taste.
  • People who leave the tea in there for longer, for up to thirty minutes, say that you get most of the nutrients out of it when you leave it to “draw” for that amount of time.
  • You can enjoy the tea cold, so don’t think that it will lose its taste or its powerful effects. You can continue to enjoy the nutritional benefits for up to eight hours after first making the tea.

Boiled Guyabano Leaves Tea Health Benefits - Sweetened or Unsweetened Tea: Which is Better?

This drink can be enjoyed sweetened or unsweetened.

  • Unsweetened or with sugar. Some people have their tea without added sugar because they prefer that taste or are diabetic, while others like to add a teaspoon or two of brown sugar. You can also use agave.
  • Honey. In order to get additional health benefits from your tea, you can sweeten it with honey instead of sugar. The best type of honey to use is wild honey. Honey is a good remedy for sore throats, it helps to keep your blood pressure stable, and it boosts immunity.

Reverse Cancer with This Healing Tree

The Leaves Calm Nerves and Kill Cancerous Cells

  • Boiled guyabano leaves are a powerful anti-inflammatory. Studies have also shown that the tea contains natural substances which kill cancer cells. For example, the acetinogens have been shown to be effective against cancer in breast cells ( It helps to kill tumors which have shown resistance to a variety of drugs.
  • The leaf extracts inhibit the activity of the herpes simplex 1 virus.
  • Extracts of this plant have also shown a positive effect on mood, lifting depression.
  • Compounds that are found in the plant help to calm the nerves as well.

A Customer Review

"I take this and curcumin, flax seed oil, and selenium as supplements to combat a 10-year battle with cancer. They seem to have stopped it in its track along with prayer and a vegetarian diet. I don't even see the oncologist anymore."

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rizal rivera y zamudio on January 14, 2019:

good day! we are using fresh leaves and then just pour hot water in the cup. is this a safe way to drink it?

Ressie on December 16, 2018:

I been drink Guayabano tea as my water eversince I heard that it’s good for knee pain(osteo-arthritis) it’s works and also I’m also a type 2 diabetes. Try it helps! I got the fresh leaves and dried them. Boil in the big pot. I drink it hot or cold.

Jeannine Ballesteros on August 06, 2018:

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Hi, im sufferings for low platelet it this guyabano leaves could help increase my platelet?

jtrader (author) on January 09, 2018:

Hi Shek, you're referring to soursop juice. The article is about soursop tea.

Shek on January 08, 2018:

You make it harder....just remove the seed from the pulp,and put it in the blender after(you can make soursop shake or just add water,ice and sugar or honey to make it soursop juice)so that there's no waste.easier and not that messy.

jtrader (author) on October 18, 2017:

Sorry to hear of your illness. There is not much research on the use of guyabano for TB.

Honeylet on October 17, 2017:

Gud day! I have diagnosed of possible tuberculosis 6 months ago..i have finished my medication and decided to take the guyabano tea every other day..does this can help me cured?

jtrader (author) on October 10, 2017:

Research done on guyabano is mainly related to killing cancer cells. It is a good source of Vitamin C, which helps with controlling bacteria.

Earl on October 09, 2017:

what's in guyabano that can kill bacteria?

jtrader (author) on July 25, 2017:

Hi Fernando,

Your wife should stop drinking it immediately. Guyabano has a side effect linked to motor disorders.

jtrader (author) on July 20, 2017:

It helps, alongside conventional treatment.

choi on July 20, 2017:

Is it effective Boiling guyabano leaves for tumor? Tnx. pls..

jtrader (author) on July 19, 2017:

Hi Maria,

It has a relaxing smell as well.

maria berena dubria on July 18, 2017:

Yeah its really nice taste of guyabano leaf,. Must better if you drink hot... I'll try once and I want to try it again..

jtrader (author) on June 30, 2017:

It may help totnak02. Speak to your doctor about including it. on June 26, 2017:

is Endometrial cancer can cure me through drinking Guyabano leave Tea??

jtrader (author) on June 19, 2017:

Thanks for sharing your experience Mary.

Mery on June 17, 2017:

Guanabana Tea, is good for circulation to.

jtrader (author) on June 08, 2017:

Not to my knowledge.

jtrader (author) on May 15, 2017:

Hi Joven,

Guyabano dried leaves are better.

jtrader (author) on May 15, 2017:

Hi Joven,

Guyabano helps with inflammation generally. Let us know what you experience with guyabano tea for tendonitis.

jtrader (author) on May 15, 2017:

Hi estella secuya,

There is not a lot of research on Guyabano's effectiveness for ovarian cysts.

estella secuya on May 13, 2017:

is it effective for ovarian cyst? my mother has been drinking guyabano tea for 2 months now.

Joven on May 11, 2017:

Hi i have tendonitis can i drink guyabano tea to reduce the imflamation?

Joven on May 11, 2017:

Only dried leaves of guyabano i can use or i can boiled also the fresh leaves?

jtrader (author) on February 24, 2017:

Hi Alyssa,

Please talk to your doctor about the best way to use both.

alyssa on February 23, 2017:

is it ok to drink guyabano tea with sambong?

jtrader (author) on December 06, 2016:

Hi Ann,

Blood in your stool is serious and you should see your doctor about it immediately.

Guyabano does not hinder some types of medication. While at your doctor, speak to them about the type you are taking and which herbal supplements may be safely used.

God bless

Ann on December 06, 2016:

Hi Mr. JTrader,

I'd like to know if guyabano leaves can be taken while under medication? and also, there's blood when I poop lately, so you think it is better or does the guyabano leaves could help for this type of condition?

I appreciate your response sir,

Thank you for your time reading my concern.



jtrader (author) on November 28, 2016:

Thanks for sharing your experience with using guyabano leaves for coughing Annie.

Annie on November 27, 2016:

I drink guyabano tea whenever I am coughing and it is helping me.

jtrader (author) on November 23, 2016:

Research has not been done on its effect on thyroid conditions. Please talk to your doctor about treatment.

All the best Yssa

YSSA on November 23, 2016:



jtrader (author) on November 21, 2016:

You should see your doctor. Yes, guyabano leaves can help you.

AIZA on November 20, 2016:

Hi Im aiza, can i drink guyabano leaves. i was diagnosed bilateral cervical lymph nodes about 3 cm in size, i didnt see yet my doctor but i want to prepare some alternative medicine i heard and read some good things about guyabanos leave.. and i hope it could help me a lot..

jtrader (author) on November 15, 2016:

Thanks for sharing your experience Dave.

Dave Keilen on November 14, 2016:

I've been using Guanabana leaves for arthritis in my feet for almost a year now with no ill side effects. I dry the leaves first then microwave to about 180 degrees and let cool naturally. filter the tea and refrigerate.

jtrader (author) on November 09, 2016:

Hi Amelia,

Yes, they will still help. However, it is usually healthier to dry herbs before using them in teas.

Amelia Pane on November 09, 2016:

What if you use leaves that are not dried....will it still be effective?

jtrader (author) on October 01, 2016:

Hi Bang,

Take the full course of antibiotics as directed by your doctor.

jtrader (author) on October 01, 2016:

Glad to hear that Selina.

Selina on October 01, 2016:

Thanks God,my Indonesian maid,Anna helped me to buy it from her auntie.I hoped graviola work as I have tried many chemo drugs already.

I have drunk soursop teabags for 4 months.It made me sleep well,my herpes simplex gone quickly ,my blood pressure is under control and there is no need to take anti-hypetensive drugs now.My tumour marker is static for 4 months.I hope it will drop later.


jtrader (author) on October 01, 2016:

Hi Selina,

Both are Annona. Soursop or prickly custard apple is annona muricata. Sweetsop is annona squamosa. There has not been as much research done on the benefits of annona squamosa for cancer. Can you buy the soursop online in HK?

Selina on September 30, 2016:

In HK,it is difficult to find graviola fruits but we can buy custard apples easily in the market.Does custard apples(sweetsop) have the same anti-cancer effect with graviola?Do they belong to the same family? Thanks.

Bang on September 30, 2016:

I am drinking guyabano tea, can take antibiotics as prescribed by the doctor to cure wound infection?

jtrader (author) on September 27, 2016:

Rose Ann,

Sambong leaves help many people with UTI. Learn more about that here:

jtrader (author) on September 25, 2016:

There isn't as much research to show it helps with UTI. Speak to your doctor about using probiotics to help reduce the occurrence of UTIs.

Rose Ann on September 23, 2016:

Does boiled guyabano leaves can help treat UTI? How is this possible? Thanks and Godbless.

jtrader (author) on September 19, 2016:

Yes, you can.

Bang on September 19, 2016:

Can I drink guayabano tea at the same time take vitamins.

jtrader (author) on September 13, 2016:

It is better to used dried guyabano leaves. Why are you using guava leaves- for pain?

jlc on September 12, 2016:

hi, i'm drinking boilen green leaves of guyabano and guava. is this okay? just started with it and plan to drink for a week 3x a day.

jtrader (author) on September 11, 2016:

Hi Selina,

Dried leaves are better than green leaves. That's better for the liver. The teabags usually contain dry leaves so they would be the same as drinking leaves you dried yourself. Stick to the regimen that has already been working for you in terms of drinking the tea several days after receiving chemo.

God bless

Selina on September 11, 2016:

I had stage 4 Peritoneal Carcinoma in October 2013 .Last year ,cancer recurred ,I was receiving chemotherapy since March 2015 till now.I started drinking soursop teabag in June.Tumour marker was static for 3 months,but it's still very high.My doctor suggested me to keep on chemo .I want to ask, fresh graviola /dry leaves is better than teabags or not? Now,I drink teabag 6 days after chemo.Can I drink it right after the day of chemotherapy? Thanks.

jtrader (author) on August 19, 2016:

Hi Jumar,

Add 15 dried Guyabano leaves to every liter of hot water. Drink one cup three times a day.

jumar on August 19, 2016:

hi i ask a question if i boild more than 15 leaves of guyabano thats it ok

jtrader (author) on August 10, 2016:

Yes it is.

Ellaine Joy on August 09, 2016:

it is also good foor diabetic person??

jtrader (author) on August 09, 2016:

Hi Kilay,

Some people use guyabano to help regulate menstruation. There is not a lot of research on that aspect of it yet.

jtrader (author) on August 09, 2016:

Hi Clyde,

Guyabano contains Beta-sitosterol, which increases the number of white blood cells in your body. Those cells help to fight the bacteria in tuberculosis.

jtrader (author) on August 09, 2016:

Hi Leung,

Best wishes for your father. Herbal supplements like guyabano and Jamaican guinea hen weed should help his body to fight the cancer.

My prayers are with you.

jtrader (author) on August 09, 2016:

Hi Marylee,

Are you diabetic? What reason did your doctor suggest for the elevated creatinine levels? Do you have kidney damage because of diabetes?

jtrader (author) on August 09, 2016:

Hi Manny,

I don't think you should have stopped the other medication cold turkey. I would recommend that you talk to your doctor about other ways you can adjust your dosage.

No, you shouldn't be taken guyabano tea for years straight without a break. I do not recommend that you use any herbal remedy for such a long period like that. Consider taking a break every three months and using bitter melon instead.

Kilay on August 07, 2016:

Is it okay, if I drink guyabano tea during menstration?

clyde on July 10, 2016:

hi iw ould like to ask if this herbal tea, can be good for those who have an kitch infections or those results going to tubverculosis,

Leung on July 06, 2016:

My father is now fighting with pancreatic cancer with chemo as well as the guyabano leaves, do you think it is effective to reduce the side effect and save his life?

Marylee on July 03, 2016:

Good day, my creatinine is hinger than the normal, but no discomfort at all, I tried a fresh boiled guyabano leaves, is it avisable to take daily? marylee

mannyc on July 01, 2016:

Hi its me again, Thanks for the information but actually i already stopped taking metformin and lozartan as my daily maintenance and changed it with guyabano tea instead. Actually what bothers me is I heard from somebody that taking guyabano tea for 3 consecutive years can harm and can lead to dialysis, Is it true? at the moment I'm taking guyabano tea alone for a year now. Is it necessary for me to stop right away or can you tell me what's the best for me. Thanks in advance.

jtrader (author) on June 30, 2016:

Hi MannyC,

I am glad that your BP and sugar are now normal. According to the Department Of Science and Technology in the Philippines, guyabano has a similar effect to Metformin. You don't want your blood sugar to drop too low because you are taking both.

You can cut back on your consumption of guyabano tea. Drop it to every other day and make a note of your BP and sugar with that. Take a copy of those records when you go to see your doctor and let them know of the supplements that you are using.

The aim is not to take guyabano every day. People who take it every day usually do so to help in their fight against cancer, so they only do so until the cancer goes into remission. After that they adjust how often they take it.

You can also consider alternating guyabano with other herbs that are known to reduce blood sugar levels, such as bitter melon (Jamaican cerasee).

Metformin can gradually irritate the intestinal wall. Talk to your doctor about steps you can take to help keep the lining of your intestines healthy.

mannyc on June 29, 2016:

Hi, i've been taking guyabano tea for more than a year now. Before i was diagnosed as diabetic and hypertensive, I've been prescribed by my doctor to take metformin for sugar and lozartan for my hypertension and the doctor said that it's for lifetime. Then i started taking guyabano tea, so far i got a normal BP and sugar. Is it necessary or is it fine for me to continue drinking it. The thing is i heard from somebody that drinking guyabano tea for 3 years can lead to dialysis. Is This true? how often should i take it? do I need to stop this right away? please tell me the right thing to do...Thanks

jtrader (author) on June 24, 2016:

Some people prefer the dried leaves- they think it is better to make herbal tea with dried leaves than green leaves. By all means, use your dried leaves.

People who are using ground dried leaves should keep in mind that when compared by weight or even teaspoon for teaspoon, a teaspoon of ground dried leaves will be stronger than a teaspoon of green leaves.

tezen on June 23, 2016:

Our guyabano tree was taken down and i collected all the leaves. Can i use the dried leaves? Are they as potent as the fresh ones?

jtrader (author) on May 05, 2016:

Hi Eric,

Guyabano is a powerful medicinal herb. I wouldn't drink it every day in place of coffee. With most medicinal plants, you try not to use them every single day, unless it's a case where you have had cancer, for example and it is in remission and you want it to stay in remission.

Many people who drink herbal teas tend to rotate them. So, for example, if you have problems with nausea and drink ginger tea for 2 weeks, you would switch to mint tea for the following two weeks.

eric valle on May 04, 2016:

Is it advisable to drink everyday of guyabano leaves? in replacement to coffee or soft drinks. kindly advise. thank you.

jtrader (author) on April 01, 2016:

Hi Avon,

Sorry to hear about your mom.

To make the tea, use 15 dried Guyabano leaves to every liter of hot water. Also speak with your doctor about your maintaining your ideal weight and other factors that will reduce your risk of developing breast cancer.

God bless

Avon on March 31, 2016:

Hi good day! May i ask how many dried guyabano leaves & glass of water are needed when preparing a guyabano tea? I want to take this as cancer prevention, because my mom diagnosed Breast Cancer and sad to say she already pass away. I am afraid to have it too..

Pls. do response on me. Thank you &


jtrader (author) on March 31, 2016:

Hi Emma,

Guyabano is not known to interfere with electrical impulses within the body. As such, the bradycardia shouldn't be made worse by the tea.

It is worthy of note that some people drink guyabano to expand the blood vessels.

Emma on March 31, 2016:

I am diagnose of papillary carcinoma and sudgested to have thyroidectomy but i did not go for it right now because of bradycardia. Can i take the guyabano tea? Thanks

jtrader (author) on March 30, 2016:

Hi Mae,

When you are making a pot of tea for use as an herbal supplement with cancer, add 15 dried Guyabano leaves to the equivalent of 4 eight ounce glasses of hot water. Drink one glass three times a day.

Take care

Mae Sangil on March 29, 2016:

how many leaves and glass of water in preparing? how about in taking daily, how many glasses? for cancer prevention. hoping for your response. thank you! God bless.

jtrader (author) on March 22, 2016:

Hi Mavic,

Thanks for your question. Could you restate it in English.

jtrader (author) on March 12, 2016:

Hi Jane,

Metformin has a lot of benefits for you. It helps to reduce the amount of insulin that you have to take. It also helps you to lose weight - a plus if you have diabetes.

The drop in your FBS shows that the medication is working. Do not stop taking Metformin without speaking to your doctor. It really helps with keeping your blood sugar low.

According to the Department Of Science and Technology in the Philippines, guyabano has a similar effect to Metformin. You don't want your blood sugar to drop too low because you are taking both. If you wish to take the tea along with Metformin, start with a low dosage of 5 dried Guyabano leaves to every liter of hot water. Drink one cup three times a day.

If you have access to Moringa (Malunggay) you can use that with the Guyabano leaves as well.

Jane on March 12, 2016:

Hello, good evening. I just want to ask.

I am diabetic, My FBS was 10.8 on January 2016, and became 7.8 after two weeks and recently my FBS is 6.24....and i am still taking 500mg metformin. Can i stop taking Metformin and drink guyabano leaves?

How many leaves? How many glasses should i drink everyday and before bedtime?

Please hear me out. Thank you.

jtrader (author) on February 28, 2016:

Your doctor would have to determine the underlying cause of the heavy bleeding. It would not be good for you to start drinking guyabano leaves tea or using any other herbal remedy, without finding out what was causing the heavy bleeding.

You haven't made it clear if it's heavy menstrual bleeding or rectal bleeding associated with the constipation.

There are herbal remedies which help with heavy bleeding that is due to fibroids, for example echinacea. However, you need to know why you are bleeding so heavily. Sometimes heavy bleeding during menstruation is caused by anemia.

Eating guyabano fruit can help to prevent constipation, since it's a fruit and is high in fiber. However, it is not used as often as a treatment for constipation.

josephine on February 28, 2016:

i have severe constipation and heavy bleeding with blod clots,can i drink guyabano leaves tea?pls i need answer thank you

jtrader (author) on January 29, 2016:

Hi Myrna,

It is my understanding that Omprazole actually helps people who are on chemotherapy and are using guyabano leaves tea or juice to help kill cancer cells. This is because Omprazole helps to prevent injury to gastroduodenal mucosa.

Remember that guyabano juice is not a substitute for the cancer treatment that your doctor may have prescribed. If you are on chemo and are using guyabano, Omprazole can help to reduce some of chemo's side effects.

Sodium bicarbonate and guyabano are both alkaline. Sodium bicarbonate helps to reduce acid and there is some evidence that it can help to kill cancer cells. Dr. Tullio Simoncini in Italy has done research on this and has managed to eliminate tumors with the help of sodium bicarbonate.

Please discuss this further with your doctor. Best wishes for your health.

myrna on January 28, 2016:

i am acidic and take (omprazole+SODIUM BICARBONATE) can I drink gayubano leaves tea

jtrader (author) on January 12, 2016:

Hi Victoria,

Thanks for sharing your experience with drinking Guyabano leaves tea.

Victoria L. Persigas on January 11, 2016:

yes, 100% proven to me. i used fresh Guyabano leaves & sometimes w/ their young fruit boiled about 5 to 10 minutes, as my tea (take it 30 minutes before meals)

jtrader (author) on January 10, 2016:

Hi Elizabeth,

Some doctors advise that people who have movement disorders should be careful with using Guyabano. Since you have muscle spasms, I would not recommend that you start drinking the tea without your doctor's supervision.

When making a pot of tea for use as an herbal supplement with cancer, add 15 dried Guyabano leaves to every liter of hot water. Drink one cup three times a day.

If a person feels hungry after having a cup of guyabano tea, it is usually recommended that they wait about half an hour before eating.

Elizabeth on January 09, 2016:

My husband is diagnosed with adenocarcinoma colon cancer, how many leaves should we used for pot and how many times per day we should drink l have muscle spasms and high blood pressure can a drink the tea

jtrader (author) on January 08, 2016:

Hi Cris,

The research done on Guyabano to date has focused on its effect on cancer cells. Who knows what effect it can have on heart disease?

Research shows that vegetable protein can help to reduce the risk of heart disease.

Cris evan on January 04, 2016:

Guyabano can heal heart desease?

jtrader (author) on December 26, 2015:

That's good news Linus. Thanks for sharing.

Linus on December 24, 2015:

7 months ago i was diagnosed t4 renal cancer, without slash, burn and chemicals, the tumor now is almost gone,tank You very much Lord God and the med You gave to me---- guyabano tea.

jtrader (author) on December 23, 2015:

Hi Rebecca,

It's good to hear of your positive experience with using guyabano to help treat cancer. All the best.

rebecca c. paz on December 15, 2015:

guyabano fruit its delicipus and it kills cancer cells.i was diagnozed breast 3a cancer but i can feel that the tumor got smaller and smaller everday .

jtrader (author) on October 01, 2015:

Hi Lourdes,

I am sorry to hear about your daughter. I wish you all the best in the fight. Don't sweeten the tea. Just have her drink it as it, without milk or any other additives.

All the best for the future,


Lourdes on September 28, 2015:

I had read about guyabano leaf tea to help kill cancer cells. We will try it...for my daughter who has cancer and had gone through 6 sessions of chemo and 10 courses of radiation...but the tumor is still there..

can we sweeten the tea concoction ?

jtrader (author) on August 19, 2015:


Personally, I usually drink the tea fresh. I would not recommend that you keep in in the refrigerator for too long. I wouldn't keep it in the fridge beyond two days.

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