It has for centuries been used, especially its root, bark and leaves as remedies because of many reasons. First of all, the tea made from soursop’s leaves strengthens the immune system, so a person drinking it is protected from flu, colds, cough, infections etc.
Another property of the tea is that it alleviates gout –painful and unfamed joints. The tea treats the main cause for gout, and it cleans the blood from uric acid. It also helps and prevents in urinary tract infections.
The leaves of soursop are a great replacement for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) which are used for the treatment of rheumatism. The cure contains of boiling the soursop leaves, mashing them and preparing a poultice which should be applied on the painful muscles and joints twice a day.
The leaves can also help in treating eczema. Unlike other topical steroids they do not cause any side-effects. Just prepare and utilize the poultice the same as for the one for painful muscles and joints.
However, even though there are some statements that this plant is very effective in the treatment of cancer, this is still not scientifically proven. Experts confirm that the leaves can be 1.000 times more effective than chemotherapy. They don’t cause health complications and side-effects and are believed to be especially effective for breasts, lung, and prostate cancer.
You can prepare the soursop leaves in the following manner: Chop them, mix them in three cups of water and boil them. When 2/3 of the water evaporates, you can remove it from heat and leave it to cool down.