AGWU CHIKODI KALU
Pawpaw plant is a native of South America where it was cultivate since pre- Columbian times. There are 22 plants and trees in the pawpaw genus; the most famous of which is carica papaya. Pawpaw (carica papaya) reached Europe in 1690 and Asia in the 18th century. Pawpaw is now grown all over tropical Africa. It is a very beautiful plant; hence it is used ornamentally in some parts of the world.
Pawpaw is one of God’s wonderful gifts to humanity. When one looks at the beauty and richness of nature, one cannot but burst into songs of praise to God. Pawpaw is a pharmacy in its own right. We all eat pawpaw and enjoy its sweetness and pleasant taste. But how many of us know the medical valves of this wonderful plant?
How heart- rending it is to see people dying of common illness that can easily be cured. Go to our hospitals and you will see what I mean, the drugs are so expensive. Worse still, seventy percent of the drugs in the Nigerian market are fake. What other hope do we have then, but to turn to nature?
Pawpaw improves the digestion of protein and expels worms. The ripe fruits are rich in vitamin A, B and C. vitamin A is good for eyesight, vitamin B for the nerves and muscles while vitamin C strengthens the immune system and helps to fight illness. For worms, chew two tablespoon of the seed of ripe pawpaw fruit first thing on rising and last thing at night. Do this for three days. Take only fruit for breakfast and supper for those three days.
THE FOLLOWING ARE SOME OF THE OTHER USES OF PAWPAW:
Squeeze some yellow pawpaw leaves in water. Take a glassful three times daily for seven days. The preparation is also good for jaundice, the dosage is the same.
The green leaves of pawpaw are good for diabetes and it reduces hypertension. Squeeze the green leaves in water and take a glass three times daily. This preparation is also good for constipation.
Burn dried pawpaw leaves and inhale the smoke during an attack of asthma which brings quick relief. To prevent an attack, inhale the smoke every night.
The root of the pawpaw plant is a good remedy for respiratory problems, especially bronchitis. Bring some pawpaw roots to boil, take a half glass thrice daily. For cough, simply chew a tender pawpaw root and swallow the juice.
Pawpaw root is effective for the cure of piles. Prepare as for bronchitis, dosage is half a glass twice daily.
IMPOTENCE: cut two unripe pawpaw fruits into pieces (seeds and peel inclusive), bring to boil in eight bottles of water, take half a glass thrice daily.s