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 Post subject: Medicinal Values in Papaya
PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 8:08 am 
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Vitamins
Papaya when consumed regularly will ensure a good supply of vitamin A and C. Both are essential for good health. The common preventable blindness in Indian children is due to vitamin A deficiency. Eating papaya helps to prevent this kind of blindness.

Beta-Carotene
Papaya is a good source of beta-carotene, which helps to prevent damage by free radical, which might other wise lead to some forms of cancer.

Enzymes
Different types of enzymes are present in papaya. Papain, a substance present in papaya is an excellent aid to digestion. It is an enzyme, which helps to digest the protein in food. Papaya has the property of tenderizing meat. This knowledge is been put to use in our country by cooking meat with raw papaya to make it tender and digestible. The unripe fruit is a rich source of papain, which is vegetable pepsin and is capable of digesting protein in acid, alkaline or neutral medium. Papain also exhibits pain relieving properties and the US food and drug administration (FDA) has approved its medicinal use to ease the discomfort of slipped discs (prolapsed inter vertebral disc). This is used for injection into herniated inter vertebral lumbar discs to relieve pain caused by pressure on nerves.

The celiac disease patients, who cannot digest the wheat protein gliandin, can tolerate it if it is treated with crude papain. Papaya can be prescribed for dyspeptic patients as the papain may help in the digestion of proteins. It is an ideal food for invalids because the flesh is easy to chew and swallow.

Healing
Healing speeds up with pieces of papaya laid on wounds and surgical incision. A large number of people believe that pregnant women should avoid papaya as it may cause a miscarriage. Scientifically speaking there is no evidence to support these beliefs.


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 Post subject: Re: Medicinal Values in Papaya
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Bruised papaya leaves are used as poultice in treating rheumatism. In nervous pains, leaves can be dipped in hot water or warmed over a fire and applied. As purgative, one tablespoon of the fresh fruit juice mixed with honey and 3 to 4 tbsp. of boiling water is taken one draught by an adult; two hours later, it is followed by a dose of castor oil. This treatment is repeated for 2 days, if necessary, for children aged 7 to 10 years old. The children under 3 years, half the dose is given.


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 Post subject: Re: Medicinal Values in Papaya
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Papaya is also prescribed for digestive diseases in Chinese medicine. The unripe green papaya
is used against digestive complaints and stomachs. The ripe fruit is used for dysentery,
urinary complaints and constipation. Cantonese women also use green papaya when they are
breast-feeding. The papaya leaves are used for skin sores and inflammations.


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Bruised papaya leaves are used as poultice in treating rheumatism. In nervous pains, leaves can be dipped in hot water or warmed over a fire and applied. As purgative, one tablespoon of the fresh fruit juice mixed with honey and 3 to 4 tbsp. of boiling water is taken one draught by an adult; two hours later, it is followed by a dose of castor oil. This treatment is repeated for 2 days, if necessary, for children aged 7 to 10 years old. The children under 3 years, half the dose is given.


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 Post subject: Re: Medicinal Values in Papaya
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It seems the skin is the most potent part of this herb for medical purposes. The seeds are
soft enough to chew and spicy. They can be ground up and missed with other juices. It takes
about 20 seeds for about 5 days to eliminate most of any intestinal parasite effectively.
Papaya also detoxifies the body, speeds metabolic processes and increases elimination of
toxins. It also converts the amino acid arginine, which is an essential amino acid for proper
cell function. The papaya is an excellent fruit for antioxidants, but also has more vitamin A
then carrots and more vitamin C then oranges. It also contains calcium, potassium, iron B
vitamin and proteants.


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 Post subject: Re: Medicinal Values in Papaya
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Papaya's main medicinal use is as a digestive agent. The leaves and fruit can both be used to
support sound digestion (the unripe fruit is especially effective). The latex from the trunk of
the tree is also applied externally to speed the healing of wounds, ulcers, boils, warts, and
cancerous tumors. The seeds gently expel worms.

The latex has a similar but more violent effect. The flowers may be taken in an infusion to
induce menstruation. A decoction of the ripe fruit is helpful for treating persistent diarrhea
and dysentery in children. The ripe fruit is mildly laxative.

The leaves are used to dress wounds.


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