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Dang, a professor of medicine and medical director of the UF Shands Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office, said,
“Based on what I have seen and heard in a clinical setting, nobody who takes this extract experiences demonstrable toxicity; it seems like you could take it for a long time — as long as it is effective,”.
Researchers exposed 10 different types of cancer cell cultures to four strengths of papaya leaf extract and measured the effect after 24 hours. Papaya slowed the growth of tumors in all the cultures.
Papaya/Pawpaw Papaya (Carica papaya) originates from tropical American countries. Today Papaya is cultivated in most tropical countries around the world. The Papaya with the Latin name carica papaya is called Paw Paw in Australia and New Zealand. This is in no way related to the Paw Paw in North America that has the Latin name asimina tribola, though both are medicinal plants. Papaya leaf juice is claimed to have reversed cancer in many people living on the Gold Coast in Australia. Harold W. Tietze in his book Papaya The Medicine Tree, describes how to make the juice and tells the stories of many cancer survivors who reportedly used the juice to get rid of their cancer.
Now research in the United States has given scientific support to his claim, isolating a chemical compound in the pawpaw tree which is reported to be a million times stronger than the strongest anti- cancer drug. Mr Sheldon, says the discovery does not surprise him. “I was dying from cancer in both lungs when it was suggested to me as an old Aboriginal remedy” he said. “I tried it for two months and then I was required to have a chest x-ray during those compulsory TB checks they used to have. They told me both lungs were clear.” “I told my specialists and they didn’t believe me until they had carried out their own tests.” “Then they scratched their heads and recommended I carry on drinking the extract I boiled out of the papaw leaves.” That was in 1962. The cancer never recurred. Since then Mrs Sheldon has passed the recipe onto other cancer victims. “Sixteen of them were cured,” he said. Mr Sheldon’s involves boiling and simmering fresh pawpaw leaves and stems in a pan for two hours before draining and bottling the extract. He said the mixture could be kept in a refrigerator though it may ferment after three or four days.“
The recipe is as follows: Wash and partly dry several medium-size papaya leaves. Cut them up like cabbage and place them in a saucepan with 2 quarts/ litres of water. Bring the water and leaves to the boil and simmer without a lid until the water is reduced by half.
Strain the liquid and bottle in glass containers. The concentrate will keep in the refrigerator for three to four days. If it becomes cloudy, it should be discarded. The recommended dosage in the original recipe is 3 Tablespoons/ 50ml three times a day. It is recommended to read Papaya The Medicine Tree for the interesting stories of "incurable” people who have used this extract to beat their cancer, and for other medicinal uses of papaya.
The leaves have also been reported successful used when dried and ground. The astonishing effects of the pawpaw have also been proved in tests on mice. The results were very impressive; tumors found in humans were being injected in mice and during treatment with papaw were disappearing. Pawpaw twigs contain acetogenins - active compounds that modulate the production of ATP in mitochondria of specific cells - which affects the viability of specific cells and the growth of blood vessels that nourish them. A recent clinical study with over 100 participants showed that the pawpaw extract, containing a mixture of acetogenins, supports the body's normal cells during times of cellular stress.
Since 1976 Dr. McLaughlin, professor at Purdue University, at the request of National Cancer Institute, lead a team of two other professors in studying the effectiveness of herbs on tumors. Pawpaw proved to be the most effective out of about 3,500 plants. Dr. McLaughlin found around 50 biologically active ingredients in this plant. Acetogenins are the medically effective ingredients of this herb. Papaya leaves can fight cancer? Some of the greatest cancer scientists in history believed that enzymes can treat and help prevent cancer. Papaya leaves have an enzyme papain. Old school thought is that enzymes help digestion. New medicine in the last fifteen years has proven in clinical studies that enzymes taken by mouth (oral enzymes) can make it past your stomach to treat and help prevent cancer. In the lab and in clinical studies papain has proven to be a cancer fighting enzyme. Papain is found in the papaya leaf and in many cultures is brewed in a tea to fight and prevent cancer. Papain has been proven in labs and in clinical studies to eat away the protein, fibrous coating on cancer cells so that your body can kill the cancer. Papain enzyme is most active at about 150 degrees F, a perfect tea. Traditionally, the dried leaves of the papaya have been boiled for a tea for cancer and other treatments. The tea tastes very much like green tea.
Enzymes have very few side-effects and still are as natural as orange juice. Most people feel more mentally alert, and when taken on an empty stomach, often euphoric. Papaya leaves are natural so the FDA does not get involved in approving them. Many studies have been done proving the positive effects of enzyme therapy during cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. Enzymes help your body digest "dead" foods that we eat, which often become toxic to our bodies later in life. Our bodies make enzymes from our pancreas, but our American diet overworks our pancreas by the time most of us reach age 25. Drink papaya tea for life! Papaya leaf can help reduce acid secretions, relieve gas and sour stomach, and alleviate chronic diarrhea for most people. Some people have an allergic reaction that actually provokes those symptoms. Papaya leaf tea or decoction can be profoundly helpful with heartburn, but it can also act as a purgative, and too much can upset the stomach. An infusion of the leaves makes the toughest meat tender when rubbed with it or cooked in it.
Papaya Leaf Juice As a Zika Virus Treatment
Modern medicine has no drug-based treatment for the Zika virus. Patients are usually advised to rest and get plenty of fluids. There’s not much more doctors can do for them.
This recent news article caught my attention though. Scientists at the University of Technology in Malaysia say they have formulated a successful treatment for dengue fever based on papaya leaf extract. They also believe the product would treat patients with the Zika virus as well.
Papaya leaf medicineDoctor Harisun, from the University, said the treatment should stop either virus from spreading further into the patient’s immune system. While not extensively tested with Zika, it does make sense.
Scientists consider Zika virus to be closely related to dengue, both are spread by the same Aedes aegypti mosquito, they causes similar symptoms and both viruses are known to cause a dramatic drop in blood platelet counts.
Papaya leaf juice treatment works by increasing blood platelet count and supporting the body’s immune system. I’ve recently have personal experience of just how powerful it can be as a treatment for viral disease and detailed my experience in this article on using papaya leaf for dengue.
The Malaysian Ministry of Health now recommends papaya leaf juice as a natural treatment for dengue fever. This came after random controlled trials showed a significant increase in blood platelet count and improved recovery time for those receiving papaya leaf juice.
Of particular importance here is the recent statement by scientists that they are close to linking paralyzing Guillain Barre syndrome to persistent Zika virus infection. Given that there is no effective pharmaceutical option, wouldn’t using papaya leaf juice as a natural treatment for Zika be prudent, especially when there’s a chance of developing serious illness like Guillain Barre?
Ahead I’ll cover how to use papaya leaf juice as a homemade treatment for Zika, but first an important warning for women
Precaution for Women with Zika
Unfortunately, papaya leaf juice cannot be recommended as a Zika treatment for women who are pregnant or trying to be. The enzyme papain found abundantly in papaya leaf, papaya seeds and green papaya is known to induce miscarriages and could be dangerous to an unborn baby.
Other natural antivirals like garlic and grapefruit seed extract, as well as diatomaceous earth, have been suggested for Zika by some sources, but papaya leaf or other sources of papain cannot be recommended for pregnant women concerned about Zika infection.
Preparing Papaya Leaf for Zika Treatment
This preparation method is based on one commonly used for dengue. As the zika outbreak is so new, there is not the same positive feedback on using papaya leaf juice for zika that you would find for dengue fever.
As noted above though, the viruses are spread by the same mosquito, present similar symptoms and scientists recognize that they are closely related. The action of papaya leaf juice in increasing blood platelet count is also generally accepted by all but those who dogmatically believe only in pharmaceuticals.
Papaya Leaf Zika TreatmentIf you do choose to use this papaya leaf treatment then check with your doctor or use at your own risk. It has helped many people with dengue and in theory should help recovery from the Zika virus as well but may not be appropriate for everyone.
Aside from the warning for pregnant women above, please check other potential side effects of papaya enzymes here, particularly if you have a latex allergy or you are on blood thinning medications.
The Institute of Soft Tissue Release
May 21, 2015 ·
Caribbean People Look Out For ZIKV! -
Today let's talk about a virus that may be on it's way to Jamaica. The Zika virus. The Zika virus or ZIKV is a virus related to yellow fever, dengue, West Nile, and Japanese encephalitis viruses; however, ZIKV produces a comparatively mild disease in humans. It was first isolated from an infected rhesus monkey in the Zika Forest of Uganda in 1947. Symptoms are similar to Dengue fever, but are milder in form and usually last four to seven days. Common symptoms include a skin rash that starts on the face or trunk before moving to the rest of the body, conjunctivitis (or pink eye), joint pain, low-grade fevers and headache. Transmission is via the bite of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. However there is an instance of human-to-human transmission thought to have been either by saliva or sexual transmission reported in April, 2011 by a university biologist bitten by mosquitoes while performing research in Senegal. There is no dedicated medication for this virus and so prevention is the best defense. Cover up exposed skin by wearing long-sleeve shirts, long pants, and hats. Rub any exposed areas with clove bud oil since mosquitoes hate the smell of it. In my opinion it is essential to strengthen the immune system. This where white blood cells come in. White blood cells (WBCs), also called leukocytes, are the cells of the immune system that are involved in defending the body against both infectious disease and foreign invaders. It just so happens that papaya leaves are quite remarkable at boosting white blood cells. Papaya leaf juice contains over 50 active ingredients some of which inhibit microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, worms, parasites and many forms of cancer cells. To prepare papaya leaf juice for internal use, select young papaya leaves. Wash thoroughly then crush the leaves using a wooden mortar and pestle. Next, squeeze out the juice by wringing it through a thin cloth. Now add a tablespoon of the papaya leaf juice to a glass of water and drink.