Papaya (Carica papaya) is also known as Melon Tree and Papaw. The Papaya tree originated in South America but is now cultivated in the tropics around the world. The tree has large, yellow, melon-flavored fruits. Papain is considered the active ingredient. Papain has the ability to dissolve dead tissue without damaging living cells.
Topically, papaya has been prescribed for severe wounds and skin ulcers. Traditionally, the juice from the leaves and fruit has been used for digestive disorders, constipation, and intestinal worms.
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