Papaya
(Carica papaya)
Scientific Name: Carica papaya Linn.
Common Name(s): Papaya
Parts used: Bark, Flowers, Fruits, Leaves, Papain, and Seeds
Used in the treatment of:
  • Bronchitis
  • Cancer
  • Cough
  • Croup
  • Cystitis (inflammation of the bladder; common type of urinary tract infection (UTI))
  • Diarrhea
  • Diphtheria
  • Dyspepsia (indigestion)
  • Enlarged spleen
  • Epithelioma
  • Hemorrhoids (Piles)
  • Hepatomegaly (enlarged liver)
  • Hoarseness
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Laryngitis
  • Rheumatism
  • Stomach troubles
  • Tracheitis
  • Ulcers
  • Yaws
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Other uses:
  • Analgesic (relieves pain)
  • Antifungal
  • Antigenotoxic (prevents chemical agents from damaging the genetic information within cells causing mutations)
  • Antihemolytic (prevents hemolysis or rupture / destruction of red blood cells)
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antioxidant
  • Antisickling agent
  • Anti-ulcerogenic (prevents the onset of ulcers)
  • Debridement (removal of damaged tissue or foreign objects from a wound)
  • Digestive
  • Febrifuge (reduces fever)
  • Hemostasis / haemostasis (causes bleeding to stop; keep blood within a damaged blood vessel; opposite of hemorrhage)
  • Hepatoprotective / antihepatotoxicity (prevents damage to the liver)
  • Immunomodulator
  • Nephroprotective (prevents damage to the kidney)
  • Poultice (relieves soreness and inflammation)
  • Stomachic (promotes the appetite and / or assist digestion)