Originally from southern Mexico, the papaya is now cultivated in most tropical countries around the world. Women in South Asia have long used green papaya as a folk remedy for contraception and abortion.
Enslaved women in the West Indies were noted for consuming papaya to prevent pregnancies and thus preventing their children from being born into slavery.
ALSO KNOWN AS: Pawpaw
WHERE IT’S FOUND:
Originally from southern Mexico, particularly Chiapas and Veracruz, Central America and northern South America, the papaya is now cultivated in most tropical countries, such as Brazil, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Philippines, and Jamaica.
WARNING LEVEL: Moderate risk associated with use
LAST MENSTRUAL CYCLE: If your last menstrual cycle started about 12 weeks ago
POSSIBLY TOXIC: Can affect the heart, kidney and/or liver toxin
UTERINE AND HORMONAL EFFECTS:
Contracts uterus, reduces estrogen, reduces progesterone. Phytochemicals in papaya may suppress the effects of progesterone, which interferes with pregnancy.
IS USED FOR:
- Topical healing cream: green papaya, and the tree it comes from contains a rich enzyme called papain which used as a topical application to treat burns, wounds, cuts, and rashes. This papain ointment is generally made from fermented papaya flesh which is applied as a gel on the wounds and cuts.
- Oral contraceptive: Green papaya is widely used to induce abortion.
- Papaya is also good for digestion.
HOW IT’S PREPARED:
- Abortifacient Papaya Os Ointment: Using a speculum, and a clean paintbrush, smear 1 tsp. (5 ml) fresh papaya latex on the cervical os (Opening of the cervix.) Alternately, liquid latex can be collected into a small plastic syringe (like the kind used to administer baby medicines) and the syringe inserted into the vagina and released at the cervix. Repeat this 2 times a day for a maximum of 3 days.
- Papaya Seeds: 1 – 2 Tbs. fresh papaya seeds or 1 tsp. dried powdered papaya seeds, mixed with water, taken two to three times a day for up to six days.
POSSIBLE SIDE-EFFECTS AND SIGNS OF TOXICITY:
Decreased heart rate, heart palpitations, visual changes, difficulty breathing when lying down, if eaten in excess could cause damage to the esophagus (the tube food travels down from the mouth to the stomach); can cause irritation and allergic reaction in some people
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