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Other Names:


Papaw / Pawpaw / Melon-Tree / Papaotin / Papoid / Caroid / Papita (Hindi) / Eranda Karkati (Sanskrit) / Gandul / Mamao / Papain

Botanical Description:


  • Growing to a height of up to 25 feet in tropical America.
  • The palm-like trunks have soft wood and sometimes divide into several erect stems, each with a head of large, palmately lobed leaves that are nearly orbicular in outline.
  • The lobes themselves are pinnately lobed.
  • Male and female flowers are usually on separate trees; slender racemes of funnel shaped, yellow male flowers become up to three feet long; the female flowers have yellow, twisted petals and grow singly or in sparse corymbs.
  • The fruit is a large, oblong or nearly spherical, fleshy berry with a yellow or orange rind like a gourd.
  • It may be from 3 to 20 inches long and weigh up to 12 pounds or more.

Part of Plant Used:


  • An active principal obtained from the juice of the unripe fruit
  • Fruit pulp
  • Seeds

Main Uses:


  • Papayas are a good source of anti-oxidants such as carotenes, vitamin C, and flavanoids.
  • They are also a good sources of folic acid, vitamins E and A, potassium, and dietary fibre.
  • Preliminary studies have concluded that papaya juice contains agents that reduce high blood pressure.
  • Papaya and its seeds have proven anti-parasitic and anti-amoebic activities. It offers a natural, harmless, preventative strategy against intestinal parasites.

Other Traditional Uses:


  • Allergies
  • Amenorrhea
  • Anaemia
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-microbial
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Anti-tumour
  • Asthma
  • B vitamins – source
  • Beta-carotene – source
  • Binds the stools
  • Calcium – source
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Colon cancer
  • Diarrhoea
  • Enzymes – rich source
  • Liver – clean & healthy
  • Immunity – boosts
  • Indigestion
  • Inflammation – reducing
  • Iron – source
  • Lung swelling
  • Magnesium – source
  • Manganese – source
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Phosphorus – source
  • Potassium – source
  • Protein digestion – aids
  • Sports injuries
  • Trauma
  • Vitamin A – source
  • Vitamin E – source
  • Zinc – source



  • People who take blood medication (Sulfinpyrazone) or blood thinning medication (Coumadin / Aspirin etc.) should consult with their health care practitioner before taking this herb as it may be anti-coagulant.
  • There are no other known interactions; however, with the proliferation of available drugs it is always advisable to consult with your doctor or health care practitioner before taking this and any other supplements.


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