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The Soursop Fruit
Update: Another Method of Preparing Soursop Tea and how many cups a Cancer Patient should drink per day
Thank you for following up on the first article. In this article, Part 2, we explore the wonderful benefits of the sour sop fruit, but first a bit of update for you.
If you are a first time reader, please take the time to view the information here in Part 1 and also view the comments of fellow readers.
Through my continued research and in response to your questions, I have found information on another method of preparing soursop tea and how many cups a cancer patient should take per day for treatment.
Prepare Soursop tea by
- Boiling 10 old, dark green soursop leaves in 3 cups water.
- Allow it to boil and evaporate to just one cup.
- Divide the tea and drink twice per day.
In the story of the KIrlews, the wife had the tea three times per day. I doubt the tea she had was this strong. You could do a bit of experimenting. You can revisit the link given earlier on the article to read the inspirational story again.
You can share your own experience here.
Effects: It is said that the patient may feel some heat in the body, similar to that felt during chemotherapy. After two weeks of treatment with the soursop tea, the cancer patient can go to the doctor for a check up.
Remember: I share information as I find them, and usually in response to your queries. Although I am positive we have a natural remedy winner here, your health and the choices you make are your responsibility.
Uses of the soursop fruit
The soursop (annona muricata), is a tropical plant. The soursop fruit is commonly used in Jamaica to make a very rich drink (soursop juice). It is also used to make ice cream and pop sickles. My mother and siblings enjoy the sap combined with condensed milk. They place the sap in a bowl then pour on some condensed milk, toss it around to combine them then have themselves a treat. The fruit is also just popped open and the saps feasted upon. It is usually a very juicy fruit. Soursop juice seems to be a favorite in health food restaurants.
Other Medicinal Properties of Soursop
Soursop is said to have various other medicinal values. These include:
- A decoction of the leaves is useful for treating head lice and bedbugs.
- Taking the juice during fasting is said to relieve liver ailments and leprosy.
- Applying fresh crushed leaves to skin eruptions to promote healing.
- Apply the flesh of the fruit as a poultice for three days (unchanged) to speed the healing of a wound.
- The use of a decoction from the young shoots or the leaves to treat a range of ailments such as gall bladder problems, diarrhea, dysentery, cattarrh, fever and indigestion and coughs.
- Swollen feet and inflammation can be treated with a compress made from a decoction of the leaves.
- Used as an aphrodisiac (enhances sexual desires) - Quite a catch for many men and especially rated among Jamaican men.
A web search turns up other fascinating revelations about the soursop as a surge of interest in this fruit has now been generated.
The only contraindication I have read of so far is its link to Parkinson's Disease. The link does not seem to be conclusive but rather speculative on the subject. It is my opinion that those who use soursop should be mindful that it does aid in treating nerve ailments and as such may have a counter-effect if over used. Remember: That's my view.
Further reading on this yielded suggestions that a holiday be taken between administration. I have also seen some insightful testimonies of the use of soursop tea and soursop supplements by cancer patients.
The greatest financial benefit to be derive from the use of this natural remedy lies in the savings realized in comparison to using pharmaceutical medicines and a long doctor's treatment. Persons with easy access to the plant are especially blessed in this regard as all that is required is a walk out into the garden.