Contrary to the old scientific belief about traditional African medicine, international medical bodies have recognized the importance and potentials of traditional medicine for the achievement of health for all. Traditional medicine is the sum total of the knowledge, skills, and practices based on the theories, beliefs, and experiences indigenous to different cultures, used in the maintenance of health as well as in the prevention, diagnosis, improvement or treatment of physical and mental illness.
Over the years, traditional medicines have helped in providing cure to most illnesses that had posed a threat to human existence. One of this is the provision for the cure for Ulcer. A recent interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja revealed how unripe pawpaw can be very beneficial to those with ulcer.
A Nigerian nutritionist, Aisha Abdullahi, revealed how unripe pawpaw contains a high percentage of papain, which makes it a wonderful food that helps the healing of both internal and external ulcer.
Speaking to the news agency, Mrs Aisha Abdullahi disclosed that the high percentage of pappain content in unripe pawpaw, makes it a wonderful food that helps the digestive system function better.
Papain is used in prescription to treat individuals with cystic fibrosis or pancreatic conditions; it produces for them what their body cannot produce naturally.
Eating papaya is also beneficial because when papain is taken orally, it treats less serious digestive disorders such as bloating and chronic indigestion. In these cases papain is extracted, dried and sold as tablets.
According to her, unripe pawpaw has numerous benefits due to its high contents in vitamins A, B and C, fibre and protein, among others. A single papaya can fulfill more than 200% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C, making it a great way to build a stronger immune system.
“Consuming unripe pawpaw on an empty stomach helps in the digestion of protein, reduces inflammation, improves immune system as well as helps expel bacteria and viruses,” she said.
Speaking further on its health benefit, She explained that unripe pawpaw was an anti-inflammatory supplement which helps in reducing inflammation, including osteoarthritis and asthma, among others. Other benefits of unripe pawpaw include its richness in antioxidants which helps in the prevention of cholesterol oxidation.
“Consuming the fruit also helps with digestive problems such as bleeding piles, chronic diarrheoa as well as constipation.
“It also reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes and also binds toxins that cause cancer in the colon.
“Pawpaw consumed in juice form helps reduce inflammation in the lungs especially to those who smoke and those that are exposed to secondhand smoke.
“It is also a remedy for cough, worms, bladder problems, jaundice, gastric fermentation and gastritis.
“The unripe pawpaw in juice form also helps regulate the menstrual cycle especially for those with irregular menstrual cycle. It can normalize any irregular period since it aid in the proper contraction of muscles fiber of the uterus. Unripe papaya is very beneficial for any delayed period that is associated with stress or menopause.”
Mrs. Abdullahi further said that boiled unripe pawpaw fruits help in the improvement of potency especially in men. According to her, Papaya contains an enzyme called arginine which is known in the medically community to boost blood flow around the man-hood. Arginine boosts nitric acid in the body to relax the muscles surrounding the blood vessels tat supply the man-hood. These blood vessels then dilate and increase blood flow. A more concentrated form of arginine is used to treat erectile dysfunction.
She also stated that pawpaw leaves was a remedy for people suffering from epilepsy, stomach ache and severe constipation. She also stated that pawpaw has been scientifically proven as a cure for many chronic diseases such as pile, among others.
Mrs. Aisha Abdullahi enjoined patients suffering from conditions such as diabetes, stomach ulcer as well as gastric ulcer to include pawpaw fruits and leaves in their daily foods but warned that consuming unripe pawpaw juice may cause allergic reactions to pregnant women, adding that it may induce abortion.