Graviola is a fruit tree. From the seeds to the leaves, graviola has been used to aid in the treatment of liver disease, heart disease and cancer. It reduces swelling and relieves joint pain. Graviola can be used to induce labor. It is also useful as a sedative.
Graviola contains annonaceous acetogenins, which are powerful phytochemicals. These chemicals may attack cancer cells and improve circulation. Graviola contains both antibacterial and antifungal properties, which are benefits of the herb, but which may kill beneficial bacterial as well.
One major downfall of graviola is the possible interaction of it and any other medications you may be taking. For example, there is a potential interaction with antidepressants. Check with a physician before taking graviola, especially for drug interaction.
Anyone with heart conditions, cardiac problems or people taking medications for blood pressure should avoid graviola. It has a known depressant effect on the cardiovascular system.
Graviola shouldn't be taken during pregnancy. Graviola can cause premature uterine contractions. It is recommended to avoid graviola if breastfeeding.
A large dose of graviola may induce vomiting.
Any condition involving nerve function, such as Parkinson's disease, may worsen with the use of graviola. Graviola may kill nerve cells in the brain or other parts of the body.