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Paw paw cure

PAW PAW Recipe
(as generously provided by Racquel)

First find someone who has access to paw-paw trees that have not been sprayed with pesticides. Brisbane and the Gold Coast has a good supply, you can find them in many backyards. NSW has them too. A couple of sources are recommended so the smaller trees don't get stripped. Australia Post is fine with them being sent by via Express Post satchels.

Racquel's Recipe:

  1. Cut off the leaves and stems from the tree (not the fruit)
  2. Wash them with clean water
  3. Pat Dry
  4. Roughly chop in pieces 2-3cm
  5. Fill saucepan with leaves and stems then add water (pressure cooker helps the smell)
  6. Bring to boil
  7. Simmer 2 hours
  8. Strain liquid into a large bottle.
  9. Discard paw-paw stems and leaves

Drink 1 glass 250ml three times a day. Shake bottle before pouring. Refrigerate the rest (we used to make 2 litre batches)


  • Liquid lasts about 5-7 days before fermenting.
  • Leaves last 7-10 days in the fridge before cooking, but are better used fresh.
  • It tastes foul
  • It stinks
  • It looks like green slimy mud

The Aborigines said that paw-paw heals from the inside out. They also said to take 3 big spoonfuls of raw molasses 3 times a day. (maybe it helps with the taste) 



Just recently I came across an eye opening book by Barry Thomson “Join Our Escape From Death Row-Cancer Jail”, where he in a most genuine and generous ways shares valuable information and his knowledge in effective fight against cancer and ill health. Among other very interesting information I red about simple but wonderful papaya and its healing properties. One chapter in this book awoke in me more desire to learn and research as much as I possibly could as on a professional level I deal with people suffering many different health issues and aliments who look for alternative ways to help them. I would love to share what I know as I believe it can make difference in everyday life of many others. I am also hoping that this will prompt other people to share their knowledge about improving our general well being and health. (this book is further described in comment #100 below)

Papaya, Paw Paw, Papaw, Tree Melon (botanical name Carica Papaya), it has oblong shape, normally greenish yellow, yellow or orange color. It is a large tree plant fruit usually reaching 2.5kg. It has bitter sweet taste and comes from tropical places with higher humidity, native to Mexico, countries of Central America, Thailand, Africa and Asia and growing well in Australia.

Papaya Health Benefits

Paw Paw how we call it here in Australia is these days plentiful all year round in most of the countries. The parts that are used medicinally are fruit, seeds, stems and leaves. I did look around and found out you can buy paw paw in all forms, in a form of fermented papaya, herbal teas even tablets and of course plenty of the fresh fruit, which can be eaten as it is or in a form of juice. So you ask what are these awesome healing properties of paw paw? Well where do I start? Papaya fruit is and excellent source of dietary fiber, folate, vitamin A, C and E. It also contains small amount of calcium, iron, riboflavin, thiamine and niacine. It is also very rich in antioxidant nutrients flavonoids and carotenes, very high in vitamin C plus A, and low in calories and sodium.

PawPaw tree. Paw paw is rich in enzymes called papain and chymopapain which helps with the digestion, particularly it breaks down the proteins from the food we eat into amino acids. The latest research shows that amino acids are responsible for all what is happening in our organism, basically for what is happening in every chemical reaction as well as our mental and physical health. As we age we produce less of the digestive enzymes in our stomach and pancreas, which leads to ineffective digestion of proteins. Due to this we end up with excess amount of undigested protein, which leads to overgrowth of the bad bacteria in our gastrointestinal system and not enough of amino acids to perform all important chemical reactions. We can say that good quality protein is absolutely essential for our healthy being. This is where the papaya enzymes can be very beneficial.

The papain enzymes are produced in the skinny peel of paw paw. The combination of these enzymes repels insect during the ripening, without this protection paw paw fruit would not survive. Eating paw paw after a meal makes for better digestion, prevents bloating and chronic indigestion. It can also lower the inflammation in the body, alleviates the pain and edema caused by sport injuries. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties papaya can relieve the severity of Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Because of its high antioxidant content, papaya can prevent cholesterol oxidation and can be use in a preventative treatments against atherosclerosis, strokes, heart attacks and diabetic heart disease.

In a everyday health papaya works magic on strengthening the immune system preventing the recurrent colds and flu. After treatment with antibiotics eating paw paw or drinking its juice replenishes the good intestinal bacteria, which was destroyed by the antibiotic treatment. The latest good news from eating paw paw comes down once again to papain the enzyme which I talked about, it was found to destroy intestinal parasites. Papain is proteolitic enzyme, which means that it digests inert (non-living) proteins. Intestinal parasites are largely protein, the papain attacks it and causes parasite to die. Also, home applications of leaf and bark papaya extract is used to deal with mouth gums and toothaches which is being effectively practised in many cultures around the world.

Papaya Research and Products

Papain is also being studied for relief of cancer therapy side effects, especially relieving side effects such as difficulty swallowing and mouth sores after radiation and chemotherapy as well as boosting up the immune system and helping body to fight the cancer. I am big fan of the products made by Rochway, Australian company (for more information visit as they use organically grown papaya, producing among other products, product called Papaya35, fermented papaya enzymes. They also produce Blueberry and PawPaw probiotic Punch, which has very strong antioxidant properties that protects against free radicals. Free radicals contribute largely in many diseases such as diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and cancer. Rochway products are 99% sugar free which makes them suitable for people suffering diabetes as well. As you can see there is plenty we can benefit from this simple fruit, more and more research is being done and I can’t wait to hear more about it.

For references and more on the current studies you can look up PubMed Gov. ( search ) as for the products there are few available on the market. I am sure if you look around you will be able to find many available or simply stick with the fresh fruit. However if you are looking or hoping for more therapeutic effect of eating papaya, you need to be aware the unripened papaya (still green papaya) contains far more of the proteolytic enzymes papain and chymopapain than ripened papaya which we commonly eat. You can also juice the leaves and stems but be prepared for the vile taste of it …. you can’t naturally like its taste nor does the cancer cells.

Summary of Healing Properties of Papaya

  • Increases quality of proteins in whole organism.
  • Revitalize the human body and maintain energy and vitality.
  • Encourages the renewal of muscle tissue.
  • Supports cardiovascular system.
  • Boosts up the immune system.
  • Helps with the digestive system, by breaking down the proteins and supporting production of digestive enzymes.
  • Papaya can be use also externally as a treatment for skin wounds that don’t heal quickly, for this you can use papaya peel or ointments made out of papaya.
  • Prevents the cataract formation.
  • Due to high vitamin A, it lowers the risk of emphysema in smokers and passive smokers.
  • Alleviates inflammation.
  • Helps with the nausea and constipation.
  • Can benefit people suffering colon cancer and other forms of cancers and aliments of cardiovascular and gastrointestinal systems.



Note: this article appeared in the July/August edition of Australian Life Scientist magazine, and this site is in no way affiliated with Tom McArthur or Phoenix Eagle.

If you wish to contact Phoenix Eagle, the company that is researching Tom McArthur's discovery, go to their website here.

For more information about Tom McArthur, you can email him at [email protected]. For more information about products on sale in Australia, visit the websites for Tom McArthur Natural Products, OptiDerma or OnlyPapaya.

It may sound like the spiel of a snake-oil salesman, but the story behind the development of a new Australian product derived from an extract of pawpaw (Carica papaya) designed to promote wound healing is a compelling one. The Australian company behind it, Phoenix Eagle, has developed a new product, OPAL A, that could revolutionise wound healing and wound care.

The story is an unusual one to say the least, but in the company’s favour is the quality of the people it has managed to get on board. Not only does it have local and international specialists as advisors, but it has managed to recruit one of Australia’s best known wound management experts, Associate Professor Michael Woodward of the University of Melbourne’s School of Medicine, and past-president of the Australian Wound Management Association (AWMA), to run its early phase clinical trial at the Heidelberg Repat, based at the Austin Hospital.

A clinician as well as a researcher, Michael Woodward admits to being a bit sceptical about the story when he first heard it. “Whenever anybody says a vegetable extract does miraculous things, the first reaction of a doctor is to be a little bit doubtful,” he says. “That’s not because we are all in the pockets of the pharmaceutical industry and only believe in expensive drugs, it’s just because many claims have been made about foods and vitamins in the past that have not been proven once they’ve been subjected to the light of evidence.”

But, having witnessed some remarkable results after the product was used to treat pressure ulcers at Perth’s Quadriplegic Centre, he has come on board. Woodward is now looking for evidence that OPAL A does indeed promote wound healing, running a blinded, randomised placebo-controlled trial of the product in people with hard-to-heal venous and pressure ulcers. The candidates will receive either a placebo or a treatment with OPAL A filtrate, applied directly to the wound, as well as a 30 per cent-strength cream applied to the surrounding area.

Only those who are not responding to regular therapy will be recruited, Woodward says. “We don’t want a new product that is no better than what we have already. For that reason we have everybody treated for four weeks with regular therapy and then at the end of that four-week period they only get into the study proper if their ulcer hasn’t healed by 25 per cent of the surface area,” he says.

“The good thing, if it turns out to be effective, is that it is a totally Australian invention that most people will feel comfortable with,” Woodward says. “A lot of people are more comfortable putting something that is taken from pawpaw on their wound than something that has been developed in a test tube with genetic modification.”

Patented process

The story behind the product’s discovery is a compelling, if slightly unusual. The inventor, Tom McArthur, has no scientific training but has been responsible for a number of inventions. According to Phoenix Eagle’s managing director, Mark Richardson, McArthur has been interested in the therapeutic properties of fruits and vegetables for many years. This was rekindled when he was in the British army based in Malaya in the 1950s.

He spent many years experimenting and finally came up with a way to extract a filtrate from the pulp of the fruit by heating it and adding sodium bicarbonate. Many different fruits and vegetables can be used in this process, but pawpaw looked the most promising. The company has taken out a global patent application on the process, the products derived from the process and the uses of these products, and has filed this application in the major global markets.

It was the cosmetic applications that first sparked McArthur’s interest, but the more important application, for the healing of chronic wounds, came about by chance, says Richardson. McArthur began to treat an acquaintance who had an ulcerous toe that had become necrotic and had been scheduled for amputation, having already lost three others. The treatment, which was videoed, was successful and the patient kept his toe. Another patient, confined to a wheelchair and suffering from a large ulcer on his hip and a hard scar on his buttock, was also successfully treated. Then, Richardson received a phone call from the director of nursing at the Quadriplegic Centre in WA, where the product was unexpectedly being trialled by one of the nursing staff, with excellent results.