(LONDON) por Paula Tooths
I wrote this article in 2010 when I was working as a Head of Media for Bloom UP Communications. I received a few messages asking me a copy of the newspaper, so here is the article in full.
Graviola (Annona muricata) – Brazilian Paw Paw
Cancer & Pain Free
All my days I grew up among the wise, and I have not found what is good for the body other than silence (Ethics of the Fathers1:17).
Lets back to January of 2004. I was leaving international journalism and starting a new challenge. When I was a trainee still, I met for the first time one from my first patients. I need to confess all of it was really hard to me because I was so sensitive and somehow I could few their pain on my skin. Since then, and studying with no stop I tried create a different treatment and routine to each person, putting together all the ‘skills’ I had about alternatives medicine and natural ‘escapes’ I learnt from my Latin culture.
Ana*1, was recognized as a terminal cancer patient and for a few years been looking for alternatives to ‘kill’ her pain. I start her treatment with known teas to calm her down – Herbalism and Flower Remedies. With any success, I was studying acupuncture and it was my next step. She also become my very first costumer who I used Chromopuncture (Eletric Crystal Bar)*2.
She always smiling and saying “It is getting better” but I knew wasn’t true. After we tried Shiatsu, Thai-pinda, Sea-therapy and Hot-stones. Nothing…. I want to give up of all and back to my journalism, but I decided to carry on in my challenge. The first improvement we got was using Aromatherapy.*3 Chamomile was the main oil on my potions for her bath, sprays for the house, oil burners, incenses, body oils and another skin care and my massages. I prepared by myself all the products and I was seen her evolution day by day.
I believed on the time Beauty therapy could help, putting her confidence up. Goal! With no doubt, she was a woman 100% self-confident then, but the pain was there still.
As a really good Brazilian Portuguese Speaker, I couldn’t understand well what he was saying because he grown in dialets but he could understand all my fears with his heart. In his bad language he gave me a small fruit called graviola (Brazilian Paw Paw – Annona Muricata) in the leaves and advise me to make a strong tea using the leaves and offer daily to “my friend” in cancer pain. Quick I put the fresh fruit in my bag and on my thoughts I just read …..”Old believes”. Anyway, I back to the hotel and as a curious researcher I am, the first place I sit myself was in front of a laptop, and there I was until the day next start again…. I couldn’t believe what I was reading all night about graviola leaves…. “CANCER MAGIC BULLET DISCOVERED, but drug giants hushes it up! – 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy with no adverse side effects”
Graviola is small evergreen tree that is about 5-6 meters in height. The leaves, fruits, bark, roots and seeds of this plant have excellent medicinal properties, and have been in use for centuries as indigenous medicines. Graviola is used to relieve spasms and reduce depression. The bark, leaves and roots of Graviola have sedative, antispasmodic and hypotensive properties.*4
Graviola selectively kills colon cancer cells at “10,000 times the potency of Adriamycin.” That is a very effective chemotherapy drug. Graviola is extremely effective in isolating and killing lung cancer cells. According to one study conducted at Catholic University of South Korea, scientists discovered that two chemicals extracted from graviola seeds targeted and killed malignant breast and colon cells in a test tube.
In at least 20 laboratory tests since the 1970s, graviola has been proven to hunt down and kill cancer cells in the prostate, lung, breast, colon and pancreas. Purdue researchers found that leaves from the graviola tree kills cancer cells “among six human-cell lines” and are especially effective against prostate and pancreatic cancer cells.
Sources and notes:
*1. Her real name been changed to protect herself identity.
*2. Eletric Crystal Bar for Chromocupuncture was created by Aguia Mistica, located in Parana, on South of Brazil and how is the unique producer, it is commercialized by them to all Europe, Asia and North America.
*3. The most of my aromatherapy studies are cultural, also years of experience, constant research on books and internet and my day-by-day “bible” is a known book from the therapists – The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Over 600 Natural, Non-Toxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health, Beauty and a Safe Home by Valerie Ann Worwood (1991 edition)
*4. Apostila do Curso Ervas que Curam (Text-book used for Advanced Herbalism Classes)
*5. Information extrated from www.blackherbals.com
*8. FDA & U.S. National Library of Medicine and www.canceractive.com
*9. Sedative – (Bourne RR. West Indian Med J 1979 28:2) and Immune boosting – (Wu FE various J Nat Prod 1995 June); according of research papers indicated.
And of course, years of experience and dedication, as well much much web searchs….
This article has been published in “British Natural Medicine News” in March 2010.