Guyabano Leaves Decoction | Personal Insights

Just want to put in my “two cents’ worth” about guyabano tea.

In March this year, my “balae” succumbed to end-stage cancer of the lungs. Being Filipino, his wife/family had wanted to try all sorts of herbal teas/concoctions that friends/relatives told them about, hoping for a “cure”. One was tea from fresh guyabano leaves that a neighbor provided generously. My balae kept a cup of the guyabano tea by his bedside and took sips throughout the day, whenever he could muster the resolve to tolerate the taste. I tried it myself; it was bad-tasting. Perhaps if the leaves had been dried before they were boiled, the taste would have been more palatable.

At any rate, I highly doubt that the guyabano tea did him a lot of good in the end; his illness was already too far advanced. That guyabano has health benefits, I believe, because there are a lot of plants out there that are good for our bodies. But to rely only on a particular plant for a complete cure, is, I think a bad idea. Plants only have the ability to work with our bodily systems to help them function normally/optimally. I am not an MD, just a BSHE graduate with nutrition background, but this makes sense. And if your body is already very sick before you begin any herbal treatments, you cannot expect miracles. I think the wise thing to do is to supplement medications prescribed by your MD with herbal teas, BUT ONLY IN CONSULTATION with the MD.

Some plants may have contra-indications for some medicines, like grapefruit is not recommended to be taken with medicines for high blood pressure. Of course, one would need to eat huge amounts of grapefruit before it becomes risky, but patients still get the warning printed on their medicine bottles because of the availability/popularity of grapefruit juice here.

Then again, there is always the placebo effect. Because a patient has a firm belief that taking that plant supplement will cure him, it just might!
To take herbal teas for the pleasure of drinking a soothing drink that may have benefits, is okay. My husband and I do this ourselves; hot tea after dinner is sooo good!

The US Food and Drug does not regulate herbal teas/supplements the way they regulate pharmaceuticals, and it’s mainly because there are not that many conclusive trials/tests to prove their efficacy, only popular beliefs based on traditions that have been passed down through generations in many cultures of the world. Actually, pharmaceutical companies have begun focusing on this traditional folk medicine that are plant-based to create new medicines with those desired results.

But as in everything else, moderation is key.

Insights written and submitted by: Cristina(Boots) Lee

guyabano leaves striked by sunlight


Sending Fresh/Dried Guyabano Leaves Via Airmail

Have lots of guyabano tree nearby and have plenty of time to spare? Then you can do this simple things to help those whore are in need. Think of yourself like a very lucky person, winning a super lotto, an expensive car or a house and lot. The value of guyabano trees are more than those material things. It can save lives from a very threatening disease, the cancer. Share your fortune to others.

Guyabano leaves can be sent via airmail. Charge a minimum fee for mailing cost. Charge more to cover your labor. Do it often to make a living. Do not charge to high or else authorities will come after you!

1) Gather mature green guyabano leaves. Rinse in running water to remove adhering dirts. Let dry. Hanging in front of electric fan will hasten drying time.

fresh matured guyabano leaves

2) If fresh leaves are desired by the recipient, pack it right away in paper bag then insert in paper envelope. Then sent it via fast mail services like LBC or Air21. Double paper packaging is recommended to absorb moisture coming from leaves. A morning package should arrived in the afternoon and afternoon package should arrived the next morning. Never send fresh leaves if  the expected travel time is more than 24 hours. Proceed to step three as alternative.

3) Dry the leaves. Place it in between magazine or book pages. A clean bond paper can be used to prevent contact of leaves with the page prints. Let dry at room temperature.

dry flattening guyabano leaves

4) Pack dried and flattened leaves in polyethylene bags, seal. Insert in mailing envelope. A hard cardboard will prevent leaf cracking. Sent it via express or snail mail. I wish it could be sent via e-mail!

The Ice Cold Guyabano Leaf Tea

The guyabano leaf tea is becoming a regular part of my morning routine. Coffee and tea taste better but this guyabano has a different effect. It makes my body feels lighter and more energetic. Knowing that it’s a miracle cure for cancer makes me wanting for more. I have no cancer or whatever disease but I want to follow the saying “an ounce of prevention is better than pounds of cure”.

A cup of leaf tea in the morning is enough. Just boiling a cup whenever I want it. Go for other drink if the leaf is not available or too lazy to prepare. I am taking about one kilometer walk, forth and back, to get a bunch of leaves. Getting it in middle of busy schedule is almost impossible.

I got this idea from my big brother, I saw him drinking an ice cold guyabano leaf tea. He told me that he always prepare three liters and store it in refrigerator. He always take tea in early morning and after work.

Again I walked and got a bunch of guyabano leaves. I boiled it until the water was slightly golden brown. Let it cool. Transferred to bottle and placed inside the refrigerator. I refilled the casserole with water and boiled it again – boiled the same set twice. I think this will last for several days.

boiling fresh guyabano leaves


update as of April 21, 2012:

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Health Benefits of Duhat – Fruits, Bark , Seeds, Roots and Leaves


The black, small, sweet, sour and astringent fruit. Green when unripe. Become red to red-black when rare ripe and full black when fully ripe. The sweetest duhat / plum are those falling on grounds. Sounds crazy but its true. Try staying under the tree and wait for falling fruits.

Read about the health benefits and uses of duhat before going under the tree:

1) Analyses of the fruit show that it is a good source of calcium and fair source of iron.

2) Burkill states that vinegar is made from the juice of the unripe fruit in Malaya. The procedure for duhat wine making is found here. Can also processed to popular products such as jam and juices.

3) Bark contain 19 percent tannin and 1.67 percent garlic acid. Tannin can be useful in protecting kidneys. It also has antiviral, antibacterial and antiparasitic effects. Though intake in large quantities is toxic.

4) Duhat seed was recently suggested in reducing blood sugars of diabetic individuals. It is indeed used in India. The information needs further confirmation. There is no harm in consuming duhat seeds however. Its taste is bland.


5) A boiled bark is a cure for dysentery, diarrhea, enema and ulcers. Can also be used as gurgle. Dried and powdered roots have the same curative effect.

6) The fruit is known to be a remedy for diabetes mellitus (the same as number 4). Leaf and bark juice is also effective alternative. Carminative, diuretic and for head ringworm removal.

7) Leaf extract is an effective poultice – a medical dressing consisting of a soft heated mass of meal or clay that is spread on a cloth and applied to the skin to treat inflamed areas or improve circulation etc.

The side effect: It will make your teeth, gums and tongue dirty – a mixture of violet and blue stain.

benefits are compiled by bureau of plant and industry. image courtesy of wikipedia.

update as of June 2016

Antimicrobial Activity

Study of Venkata Charepalli et al (2016) entitled “Eugenia jambolana (Java Plum) Fruit Extract Exhibits Anti-Cancer Activity against Early Stage Human HCT-116 Colon Cancer Cells and Colon Cancer Stem Cells.

Bioactive compounds in duhat such as anthocyanins have shown potent anti-cancer effects. It selectively inhibit the growth of cancer cells with relatively little or no effect on the growth of normal cells. It clearly demonstrated anti-cancer properties not only against the early stage human colon cancer cells but also induced apoptosis and inhibited self-renewal ability.

Study published by Roja Vilar (February 2016) on, entitled “Anti-bacterial Activity of Duhat Leaves Extract Against Escherichia Coli”.

Duhat extract is effective on inhibiting  the growth of Escherichia coli.