Medicinal Uses of Carica Papaya
Anitha B, Raghu N, Gopenath TS, Karthikeyan M, Gnanasekaran A, Chandrashekrappa GK and Basalingappa KM*
Journal Title:Journal of Natural & Ayurvedic Medicine
Medicinal plants have been used for various diseases traditionally in many countries, because of its advantages like easy availability, effective and economical in therapeutics. Carica papaya, also called as pawpaw is traditionally cultivated for fruit. Carica papaya belonging to the genus Carica. It contains the enzyme papain, chymopapain which is biologically active and has medicinal and nutritional values. All parts of the plant like leaves, fruits, seeds, flowers and roots can be used by humans as food and medicinal purposes. This plant has therapeutic uses like anti-amoebic, anti-microbial, anti fertility activity, anti-ulcerogenic, anti-fungal, antitumor, hypolipidaemic and employ in wound -healing activity, free radical scavenging activity, diuretic activity, uterotonic activity. In this review we have discussed details about papaya plant parts and its uses.