- What other names is Papaya known by?
- What is Papaya?
- How does Papaya work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Papaya.
Papaya is used for preventing and treating gastrointestinal tract disorders, intestinal parasite infections, and as a sedative and diuretic. It is also used for nerve pains (neuralgia) and elephantoid growths. Elephantoid growths are large swollen areas of the body that are symptoms of a rare disorder of the lymphatic system caused by parasitic worms.
Papaya contains a chemical called papain, which is commonly used as a meat tenderizer.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Cancer. Research suggests that consuming papaya is linked to a reduced risk of developing gallbladder and colorectal cancers.
- Diabetes. Early research suggests that consuming fermented papaya daily for 2 months can reduce blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. Research suggests that consuming papaya is linked to a reduced risk of HPV infection.
- Stomach and intestine problems.
- Parasite infections.
- Other conditions.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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