Pawpaw, scientifically known as Carica papaya is one of the most common plants grown in tropical countries. It is an upright, usually branchless, fast-growing tree. The trunk is soft, greyish, and marked with fallen leaf scars. The leaves are deeply lobed, with long stalks, borne on the top of the tree. The male flowers are in long-stalked clusters, but the female flowers are stalkless or sessile. The fruit is obovoid, yellow-orange when ripe, fleshy, juicy and often contains numerous black seeds, although seedless varieties are also available today. It ia a common fruit which is found in the market during the fruiting season.
The decoction of the root is used as a tonic and as a medicine for unchecked bleeding of the kidneys.
The latex obtained from the fruit is used to kill and expel worms from the body and for throat infections. It is also used for warts and corns.
The freshly extracted juice of the leaves is applied over ulcers, eczema, warts and boils and has been tested to be very effective.
An infusion of the flowers taken along with some honey is good for influenza and cough. Take a tea spoonful every hour.
Ten to fifteen seeds chewed and swallowed is good for bile excretion and for cleaning the stomach. The dry and powdered seeds are good to remove worms from the body.
The ripe or raw fruit helps in digestion, promotes flow of urine and softens inflamed parts. It is recommended for all sick people.
The ripe fruit, eaten with the seeds is good for all stomach and bowel diseases and also, diabetes, asthma, jaundice, cough, chest problems, and duodenal ulcers.
Externally, the fruit is applied over painful rheumatism and used in the form of poultice in case of tonsillitis. When rubbed over the face, it removes spots and wrinkles.
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