Society of Caribbean and South America (Amazon forest) have long been utilizing young soursop fruit to cope with a variety of digestive problems such as diarrhea and dysentery. While consuming the leaves are believed to kill tapeworms and parasites that enter the body. Water decoction of the leaves of the soursop can also rid the body of toxins and harmful parasites.
Community in Jamaica, Haiti, and the West Indian believe and practice the treatment of fever using soursop leaves. Soursop juice and soursop leaves can simultaneously give effect to cool the body temperature. While the Peruvian people usually use boiled water leaf (tea) soursop to relieve inflammation of the mucous membranes, and the bark to reduce fever.
Some traditional healers believe that if the content of alkaloids in the leaves of the soursop can reduce the symptoms of depression. It works by inhibiting the absorption of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin itself is a hormone that regulates mood and emotions such as feeling sad and happy. Further research is needed to determine the appropriate dose and the maximum limit to consume.
Caribbean and South American communities have long been using soursop leaves and bark and roots as a sedative. In addition, this combination is also used to treat heart problems. However, effectiveness and side effects of the traditional recipe has not been recorded in any medical journal. Further research still needs to be done.
This is probably the most amazing among the many benefits of soursop leaves are known. Indeed, until now there has been no modern cancer treatment using soursop leaf tea to treat cancer. That may be because the treatment is herbal does not patentable and profitable. But many doctors advise their patients to regularly drink soursop tea as a supplement for cancer therapy. Many laboratories around the world that also have shown that the compounds in soursop leaves is more effective than chemotherapy.