The US Review of Books

book review by Donna Ford

“…my late sister Journey… makes me want to reach out to people to let them know there is HOPE and have FAITH in their recovery process.”

This short book is the author’s intriguing testimony regarding the medicinal use of soursop leaves, also known as graviola leaves. The small evergreen tree grows in areas such as Southeast Asia, the coastal nations of West Africa, and Central America. According to the author’s investigations, a tea made from soursop leaves is reputed to have healing properties that could potentially help with cancer and its chemo side effects.

The book has two main parts. In one section, it helpfully explains in detail how to purchase leaves and prepare them to get the best tea results. The infusion recipe uses ten to fourteen leaves (fresh or frozen) washed and placed in a porcelain pot. Water is added and brought to a boil. After being made following the exact recipe, the tea should be strained to remove any sediment. A cup of the tea should be drunk thirty minutes before meals. The color pictures included here are quite useful. The rest of the book includes testimonials shared by people known to the author whose health was helped by taking soursop leave tea. Cancer markers before and after consumption indicate that therapeutic results were noted. Even so, caution should be observed as many on the internet advise of dangers in drinking the tea, especially long-term.

The author lost a sister in 2020 due to ovarian cancer. Since the 2011 death of his father, for whom he was caregiver, he has become aware of issues people may experience with Western medicine alone. Awakened to this plant’s antioxidant, antiviral, and antibacterial qualities, he is becoming an advocate for natural healing options. His passion for his subject comes through in the writing. Those who know about the fruit of the soursop tree but are unfamiliar with the medicinal properties available in its leaves might be especially fascinated by this book.

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