Archive for February, 2010


Saturday, February 20th, 2010
Botanical: Carica papaya
Family: Caricaceae (papaya)
Other common names:  Papaw, Mamao, Paw-Paw, Tree Melon, Gandul, Fan Kua

Papaya Leaf contains a remarkable protein-dissolving enzyme called papain, and if you suffer from indigestion or heartburn, give Papaya Leaf a try!   The enzyme in Papaya Leaf also breaks down wheat gluten and carbohydrates for extra digestive protection.

The information presented herein  is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any leaf matter, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Papaya is an herbaceous tree with a stem of spongy, soft wood that is hollow in the center and bears melon-like fruit.  It is an interesting tree, in that the male and female parts exist in different trees, and trees may grow to a height of twenty to thirty feet. The Papaya Tree needs a tropical climate that is dry when cold and wet when warm; consequently, its greatest success appears in the equatorial zone with its warm wet season and cool dry season.  It is extremely sensitive to frost, and water-logging will kill the taproot within forty-eight hours. The Papaya is especially susceptible to parasites, pests and diseases. This fussy plant needs a lot of water but must have good drainage, and it bears most fruit in light, porous, slightly acidic soils that are rich in organic matter.

Said to be a native of the Caribbean and Central America, the Papaya is the true papaw that now grows abundantly throughout tropical America, Hawaii and many other tropical climates throughout the world.  Although grown to some extent in south Florida, the true papaw is not related to the North American papaw.  The fruits, leaves and latex are all used medicinally. The delicious fruit is usually pear-sized and has a central cavity filled with edible, pea-sized seeds. Generally, the fruit is melon-like, oval to nearly round, and the skin is waxy and thin but fairly tough.  As the fruit ripens, it becomes yellow externally, and the thick wall of flesh becomes aromatic, yellow, orange or various shades of red.

Papaya Fruit is eaten as a melon, included in salads and when unripe, it is cooked as a vegetable.  The seeds are said to have a similar flavor as capers.  The green fruit, stems and leaves are a rich source of a gummy, milky, white latex that contains the powerful enzyme, papain (in latex and exudate).  This protein-dissolving substance has not only been widely used for stomach and digestive disorders, but it is also included in commercial preparations as a meat tenderizer, chewing gum and as a stabilizing agent that is used to clarify beer. The fruit is usually pear-sized and has a central cavity filled with edible, pea-sized seed, which are said to have a similar flavor as capers.

Papaya Leaves are cooked and considered a green vegetable and are a rich source of a gummy, milky, white latex that contains the powerful enzyme, papain.  This protein-dissolving substance is an excellent remedy for stomach and digestive disorders.  Papain is so powerful that Papaya Leaves have been wrapped around meats to break down the fibers and tenderize them.  It is included in commercial preparations as a meat tenderizer and often used for that purpose in restaurants, and it also used commercially in chewing gums and as a stablizing agent that is used to clarify beer.

Papaya Leaves were even fed to animals to tenderize their flesh.  Some of Papaya Leaf’s constituents include the fermenting agent myrosin, alkaloids, rutin, resin, tannins, carpaine, dehydrocarpaines, pseudocarpaine, flavonols, benzylglucosinolate, linalool, malic acid, methyl salicylate, another enzyme, chymopapain (latex and exudate), calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, beta-carotene, B-vitamins and vitamins A, C and E.

Beneficial Uses:
Papaya Leaf is an excellent treatment for digestive disorders and extremely useful for any disturbances of the gastrointestinal tract.  Papain, the powerful enzyme in Papaya, helps to dissolve and digest protein, thus easing stomach ailments and indigestion.  (Because papain breaks down tough meat fibers, it is often used in restaurants and is the major ingredient in commercial meat tenderizers!)  Papaya has been effective in easing heartburn and is given to treat dyspepsia and gastric catarrh.  Papaya also stimulates the appetite.

Papaya Leaf’s enzyme, papain, not only digests protein, but it extends its activity to digesting carbohydrate. Papain also breaks down wheat gluten, which may be helpful for those suffering from Celiac disease; and those who have difficulty digesting starchy foods, such as breads, cereals and potatoes, might find great relief in including Papaya in their diets.

The papain in Papaya is thought to relieve acute prostate inflammation and may be very helpful in cases of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH).  Clinical studies in Russia found that papain treatment reversed rectal lesions induced by extreme prostate enlargement in over 97 percent of the men treated.

The papain in Papaya is currently undergoing studies to investigate its efficacy in treating the herpes simplex virus and herpes zoster (shingles).

Another papayan enzyme, chymopapain, has been used in the treatment of slipped spinal disc and pinched nerves.

Since many stomach problems are the direct result of indigestion, use of Papaya appears to help prevent many ailments.  It stimulates digestive acids and the production of bile, which may also lead to a healthier liver and pancreas.

Papaya is said to stimulate the bowels in times of constipation and is also believed to be useful in treating inflammatory bowel disorders.

In many areas of the world, Papaya is used as a vermifuge, anthelmintic and amoebacide that eliminates worms and other parasites, and it is thought that the papain content digests the invaders, and Papaya’s latex also works as a dewormer by its purgative actions, increasing the movement of intestinal contents.

People who take blood medication (Sulfinpyrazone) or blood thinning medication (Coumadin, aspirin, etc.) should consult with their physicians before taking this herb, as it may have anticoagulant properties.

Pregnant women should avoid Papaya, as it can be a uterine stimulant (papain apparently dissolves a protein(s) responsible for adhering the newly fertilized egg to the wall of the uterus).  Papaya in all its forms should never be taken by people with a latex allergy (causing anaphylactic shock).  Inhaling Papaya powder (high in the enzymes, papain and chymopapain, can induce allergies. Although papain digests carbohydrates, potato protein may cause papain to not work as well when taken at the same time.

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Sourced and published by Henry Sapiecha


Saturday, February 20th, 2010

Sutherlandia frutescens
Cancer Bush

An odd, South African shrub with fine, grey-green foliage and showy, bright scarlet flowers and curious, inflated seedpods. Its common name, Cancer Bush, comes from the fact that the tea of the dried leaves and twigs have been used for treating the side effects of cancers and HIV / AIDS. In great demand as a decorative garden plant. Grows to 3 feet in height. Very uncommon.

Sourced and published by Henry Sapiecha 21st Feb 2010


Saturday, February 20th, 2010

Many have narcotic and/or toxic properties

Datura stramonium
Datura stramonium
Photo: Australian National Botanic Garden

The family’s common name ‘deadly night shade’ reflects a precautionary note about the toxic nature of many of its members. This name is derived from the herb called deadly nightshade, Atropa belladonna, which contains a potent narcotic extract called Atropine. This is used medicinally as an eye dilating drug and sedative.

Another plant with toxic properties is the foetid smelling thorn apple, Datura stramonium, commonly found in India. Even today Indian thieves and assassins are consistently administering high doses to their victims in order to render them insensible. However, it also contains beneficial alkaloids, which alleviate asthma and act as a pre-anaesthetic in childbirth and surgery.

Of the well known family members, tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) is a very hazardous plant. Less known are the allergies encountered by some regular consumers of potatoes, tomatoes, capsicum and/or aubergines. To illustrate their potency, a world-renowned ballet dancer became crippled with muscular and joint pains and was unable to dance. Following a diagnosis of intolerance to these foods she resumed her distinguished career within a month of excluding them from her diet. Other users report that within a short time of eating them they have difficulty in relaxing and/or sleeping. Vivid dreams are symptomatic of this intolerance.

Sourced and published by Henry Sapiecha 21st Feb 2010


Saturday, February 20th, 2010
A long time favourite for dry skin in Australia is the use of paw paw. Products made using the fermented paw paw have been demonstrated to possess’ high levels of vitamins  A and C, and to have exceptional healing properties for a number of skin conditions such as warts, burns, corns, eczema, chaffing, nappy rash, bites, blemishes, dry skin and psoriasis.

If you suffer from problems such as mild eczema or psoriasis, the use of paw paw can be an effective remedy for these problems. Paw paw is rich in a natural enzyme called papain, which helps soothe irritated or dry skin. This was a popular remedy long before science was in a position to explain why fermented paw paw treatments work so effectively.

After a burn, you may find you suffer from dry skin, or sensitive skin because of the injury. Using paw paw has been demonstrated to soothe burns. The high concentration of vitamins A and C mean that the paw paw ingredient actively helps to rejuvenate skin  that has been damaged by a burn. In this way, the paw paw is an effective option for preventing further scarring.

Another useful quality of paw paw is that it makes an effective barrier cream for dry skin and other problematic skin conditions. Paw paw not only helps to protect skin that has been exposed to burns, but is great for those who suffer from conditions like eczema and psoriasis. As well as this, paw paw is a great treatment for both nappy rash and heat  rash. If your baby is suffering from nappy rash, then paw paw ointment is the ideal natural and gentle treatment to help soothe this skin condition.

For the treatment of skin conditions such as warts, corns or flaky, dry skin,

the enzyme papain in paw paw is a very effective balm.

The papain enzyme has disintegrating and skin smoothing qualities,

which are ideal for these problems.

Using paw paw aids in reducing the seriousness of this condition

and helps to stop it from worsening.

Another popular use for paw paw is for dry skin on the lips and hands.

Paw paw in lip balms and ointments is one of the richest treatments for dry skin

on the lips and on the  cuticles. The skin on your hands often gets the most exposure

to pollutants and chemicals. Whether it is something that we come into contact with

during the course of   the day or simply doing the dishes, our hands tend to be exposed

to the worst of it. Using paw paw is a great way to restore moisture to dry cuticles

as well as to help restore condition to the skin in the hands in general.

A final use for paw paw, aside from restoring dry skin or healing sensitive skin, is as a soothing balm on insect bites and other stings. The papain enzyme that is found in the paw paw is also extremely useful as a  home remedy to aid in the case of bee stings, wasp stings and jellyfish stings. The papain enzyme works by breaking down the toxins released in the sting, not just soothing but actually helping to eliminate the cause of the stinging discomfort.

Paw paw is truly an exceptional ingredient, providing a diverse range of treatments for dry skin, problem skin, stings and burns among other things. With such a diversity of uses, it is no wonder that the rest of the world is fast catching on to the usefulness of this exceptional natural skin treatment.

Sourced and published by Henry Sapiecha 20th Feb 2010


Saturday, February 20th, 2010

Man with dysfunctional penile implant will take the money.



PROVIDENCE — Charles “Chick” Lennon, the retired handyman who sued over a penile implant that won’t remain in the down position, is going to receive a $400,000 judgment after all, according to a state Supreme Court order issued today.

Lennon, 68, of North Providence, is expected to get a total of $950,000, with interest included, because of the Dura-II penile implant that he says has been causing him pain and embarrassment for a decade.

“I’m just glad it’s over. It’s been a pain,” Lennon said of the legal battle with the implant manufacturer, Dacomed Corp., and its insurance company.

For a while, it had appeared Lennon was not going to get a dime despite a jury’s decision to award him $750,000.

Superior Court Judge Edward C. Clifton had lowered the jury award to $400,000. And after both sides appealed, the Supreme Court had given Lennon 20 days to accept the $400,000 or to have a new trial on damages. Lennon decided to take the money.


Sourced 20th Feb 2010 and published by Henry Sapiecha