A Fruit with Potential Benefits in Traditional Practices

Introduction: Papaya is more than just a sweet and tropical fruit. In some traditional practices, it's utilized to promote digestion, relieve discomfort, and for its various reported effects on specific conditions. Here's a look at the ways papaya might be helpful and how to prepare it.

Description: Papaya is described as neutral and sweet in nature. Known for its ability to promote digestion and destroy certain intestinal issues, it is considered a versatile fruit in some traditional medicinal practices.

Preparations and Applications:

  1. Stimulating Lactation After Childbirth: Boil 500g partially ripe papayas with 2 pork forelegs until very soft. Eat papayas and pork once each day for 3 consecutive days.

  2. Relieving Thirst from Fever and Chronic Cough: Steam 250 to 500g fresh papayas. Eat the papayas once a day.

  3. For Indigestion and Abdominal Discomfort: Prepare a few unripe papayas by peeling and removing the seeds. Soak the papayas in vinegar to make sour papayas. Eat 30g sour papaya or 60g fresh papaya twice a day.

  4. Addressing Intestinal Issues: At bedtime, eat 250g sour papayas and drink 60g of the vinegar in which the papayas have been soaked, for 3 consecutive days.


Papaya is reported to contain carpaine, which may have certain properties. Some reports also suggest that papaya can have a paralytic effect on the central nervous system, which might explain why it could relieve some types of pain, such as rheumatic pain.


While research into the properties and effectiveness of papaya continues, it remains an intriguing subject in some traditional practices. The various preparations described above may offer insights into the diverse applications of this tropical fruit. As always, consult with knowledgeable practitioners who understand your specific situation for tailored advice and support.

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