Uses & Benefits of Papaya
Papaya contains many biologically active compounds. Two important compounds are chymopapain and papain, which are supposed to aid in digestion. The level of the compounds varies in the fruit, latex, leaves and roots.
It has been used for treating digestive problems and intestinal worms. The softening qualities of papain have been taken advantage of, in the treatment of warts, corns, sinuses, and chronic forms of scaly eczema, cutaneous tubercles, and other hardness of the skin, produced by irritation. Papain also is used to treat arthritis.
The sinapisms prepared from the root of the plant are believed to be beneficial in treating the tumors of uterus
In the Asian countries, the latex of the plant is smeared at the mouth of the uterus, while the root infusion is used for syphilis in Africa.
The latex is also used in curing psoriasis and ringworm in Cuba. It is also used as a local antiseptic in many parts of the world
The leaves of papaya tree are used for treating nervous pains and elephantoid growths. The infusion of its roots is said to reduce urine concretions.
Dietary papaya reduces urine acidity in humans. The flowers from the plant are used in treating jaundice.
Papaya latex, also used as dyspepsia cure, is applied to burns and scalds externally.