Graviola is a fruit tree which grows throughout the Central America, Caribbean, and Mexico. The name Graviola has been imported from Portuguese language. The Latin name of this fruit tree is Annona muricata and in recent years its extract has become popular because of its effectiveness as a supplement. Local people use this as a food and also a medicine. The fruit is sweet enough but has a mentionable tartness, is also favorite in the form of a tasty juice. When the fruit is ripe it can be used as a miraculous healer of the intestinal disorders. The other parts of trees can be used in treating ailments. Some indigenous people use the root-bark of the tree as a febrifuge which means the fever reducer. However, leaves of this tree are used as antiseptic and anti-parasitic preparations. Also, it has been used widely in topical application in order to eliminate pain of muscles.
In the middle of the 20th century Graviola drew scientists’ attention because of some of its purported benefits. A number of lab tests in 2001 along with a particular study suggested that this extract could restrain the development of the virus known as the herpes simplex. Earlier on 2000 other studies said that Graviola demonstrated its effectiveness against some certain parasites. And earlier than that was in 1997 when study had shown that it possesses a cytotoxic or cell-killing efficiency. By means of those studies and experiments scientists cam to know that Graviola extract has a great possibility of becoming a tremendous weapon in a cancer treatment.
Though some anecdotes supports the conduciveness of using graviola extract, and several studies had shown some promising things the FDA (Food and Drug Administration, U.S.A) had not yet approbated this extract for medical use. Graviola extract is now available in supplement form since it received much attention as an alternative component in cancer treatment. Some studies on animals have shown that using Graviola extract can cause some brain cell damages and it has some involvement with contributing to Parkinson’s disease as well. Also the pregnant women must not use this extract because it induces the contractions of the uterus. Graviola can be also used a relaxant that can affect those who have low blood pressure. This extract also intervenes with the serotonin-uptake functionality of antidepressants which is pretty terrific in some cases. Since serotonin-uptake is strongly related to some mental and physical functioning, prolonged use can result some psychiatric issues as well as physical ones.
Because of the interaction of Graviola extract with other components that are present on the body it is a potential risk to use this without physicians’ prescription. Without being guided by a recognized doctor nobody should absorb Graviola extracts. Since, there are both of merits and demerits in using graviola extract (evidently discovered) it is only safe when one consults with one’s doctor before using it to treat any ailment. For few security reasons this supplement is yet out of reach of some common people living under this age.