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Papaya -Ayurvedic Medicinal Plants

March 23rd, 2007 | admin

Papaya is a popular fruit found in all parts of India in almost all seasons. Papaya is consumed mostly in summer season. Papaya fruits have many properties – it helps in regularizing digestion and cleanses intestine. It also expels ringworms and hookworms.

The dried latex collected from unripe papaya fruits, papaine is used in the preparation of some Ayurvedic medicines used in the treatment of warts, moles, eczema, and skin allergies, etc. Medicines for arthritis is also find the use of papaine. Fresh cuts or wounds are also treated with applying the juice of a fresh fruit.

Apart from fruits, roots and leaves also have medicinal properties.

Papaya is a small tree, growing usually in the range of 2 to 10 metres.

Carica Papaya belongs to the family caricaceae and is popularly known as papaya, kaplanga, papanga (in Kerala), paw paw, Papaw, Kates, etc.

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