Monday, August 11, 2008

Graviola: a therapeutic myth

As what i have said in my previous post, my maternal grandmother was diagnosed of lung cancer several weeks ago. It was already in its fourth stage. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy. However, she said that she is growing "tired" of her treatment. Recently, a friend of hers offered her graviola supplements, which she said would "cure" her. Not really trusting her friend (she does not look trustworthy, anyway), i made my own research for graviola and here's what i found out:

Graviola (Annona reticulata) comes from the deep rainforest jungles along the Amazon. Its various parts, including the leaves, roots, fruit, fruit seeds, and bark, have been used for centuries by medicine men and women and natives of South America to treat several health problems such as dysentery, fever, diarrhea.

It has been well-publicized in the internet that graviola is a thousand-times potent anti-cancer herb. It was even said that it is even stronger than chemo drugs. However, recent post by Dr. Andrew Weil says that all of this a big MYTH.

I totally agree with his recommendation of not taking graviola supplements. Indeed, there is no direct human study of graviola among actual cancer patients. The tests done were only in vitro-- test tubes containing cancer cells. Not actual patients. Also, the ones used in the said study was from a related tree (annona glabra).

Better inform my grandma about this.

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