- What other names is Graviola known by?
- What is Graviola?
- How does Graviola work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Graviola.
Despite safety concerns, graviola is used to treat infections caused by bacteria and parasites including leishmaniasis, a disease caused by parasites transmitted through the bite of sand fleas; herpes; coughs; and cancer. It is also used to cause vomiting and to empty the bowels. Some people use graviola to help them relax.
Graviola is applied to the skin for arthritis.
In foods, graviola is used in cooking and beverages.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Cancer. There is evidence that some of the chemicals in graviola may keep cancer cells from removing anticancer drugs. This may help the drugs work better. Some chemicals in graviola may also kill cancer cells directly.
- Bacterial infections.
- Parasitic infections.
- Inflammation of the nose and throat.
- An infection caused by sand fleas (leishmaniasis).
- Causing relaxation.
- Causing vomiting.
- Emptying the bowels.
- Other conditions.
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Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy or breast-feeding: Do not use graviola. It is UNSAFE.
Parkinson's disease: Graviola might make the symptoms of Parkinson's disease worse.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011