In some developing countries, the traditional use of papaya is being investigated as an alternative to standard treatments for a range of ailments. C. papaya has a wide range of purported medicinal properties including antiseptic, antimicrobial, antiparasitic, anti-inflammatory, antihypertensive, diuretic, antihyperlipidemic, antidiabetic, and contraceptive activity. While there are only limited data to support most of these uses, there is some evidence for use in healing decubitus ulcers and other wounds and in treating intestinal worms in humans.
A commercially produced debriding ointment is available by prescription in the United States. Each 1 g contains 8.3 ◊ 10 5 USP units papain and 100 mg of urea. There are very little data available to make specific recommendations regarding systemic doses of papaya. One study used a 4 g dose of air-dried papaya seeds in 20 mL of honey to treat helminthiasis. In the United States, the fruit is generally recognized as safe (GRAS status) when used as a food.
Papaya can be used as a preventative measure or help with the following ailements,
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