When I first read the claim that a papaya leaf dried and put in hot water makes a tea that can treat, slow down, or prevent cancer, I was highly skeptical. Having lost my mother, Julia Ruffin Robertson, to cancer when she was only 55, just at the point where she was becoming recognized for her work as both an artist and art historian (and certainly not because she had done anything to “deserve” cancer), my first thought was, “How dare this person make this claim”. My mother had lived the life of a saint; always two steps behind my father, holding him up and accompanying him to Africa because he wanted to be a missionary, only to succumb to cancer just at the most rewarding time of her life. So to me, the idea that a simple papaya leaf tea could perhaps have added years to her life was not anything to be taken lightly.

In fact, it was probably out of sheer anger that I decided to look into it – to prove, perhaps, how some people were attempting to profit by offering false hope to others. Frantically I searched for evidence to show that thepapaya supposed curative power of this little leaf was nothing more than someone’s brazen invention.

But what I found instead was scientific as well as anecdotal confirmation that the claims I had so contemptuously dismissed were, in fact, quite valid.

I discovered that the same conclusion had been reached by scientists from all over the world – based on clinical trials. One study, for example, had involved some 226 people in Switzerland with stage four cancer. The 160 patients that got the leaf enzyme lived an average of three extra years.

My anger was soon replaced by a sense of frustration that so many researchers and experts could be aware of the life-giving miracle in this leaf, and yet this was not common knowledge to be shared with us by our conventional medical practitioners in this country – not even when my mother’s life depended on it.

I am writing this booklet because I want you to know the essence of what I’ve learned in approximately 300 hours of research on this subject. I should add that I’ve had professional training in information science. Unlike scientists who set out to prove how a specific category of people are affected by a specific chemical and may devote 25 years of clinical studies to that particular discipline, an information scientist is one who examines the lifetime works of other scientists, together with current studies, cultural traditions, historical medicine and the changes it has undergone over time, as well as general theory, postulates, experiments, the interactions of scientists and the business world, and related data. Once I think my research has been properly substantiated, I then go about drawing what seem like logical conclusions.

It is my hope that this booklet will help you to discover for yourself the health-enhancing qualities of this wonderful leaf and, hopefully, to use them to extend the lives of both you and your loved ones. Please pass this information on to others who might benefit from it, too.

Role of papain in treating a variety of maladies

One of my first realizations that there might be something to the aforementioned claim came about when I read an interesting clinical study performed to discover what percentage of cancer patients around the world used alternative therapies, what therapies were used, and what the effect was overall. Papaya tea was on the list of regular complementary and alternative therapies (CAM) in 14 countries.

I found out why when I began doing research on enzymes. An enzyme is a biological catalyst – like in a car, a “starter” or “igniter” – that can bring about a change without changing itself. Your body has over 3,000 enzyme catalysts that have been given names.

The papain enzyme, found in both the papaya fruit and its leaves, has a special function, which is to break up proteins. Digesting proteins is a role our pancreas usually performs pretty well until we’re about 25 years old. Then things tend to kind of get backed up. The primary reasons are that we eat dead food (which overworks our pancreas) and don’t eat enough raw fruits and vegetables, so that by the time we hit our mid-twenties, we have bodies full of toxins, and habits that only make things worse.

The depleting effect that diet has on the enzymes our bodies produce was a subject of research done in the mid 1940s by Dr. Edward Howell, who was later interviewed by raw-food advocate Victoras Kulvinskas for a book the latter was writing, “Food Enzymes for Health and Longevity.” When asked how serious a strain our diet of mostly cooked food placed on our “enzyme bank,” Dr. Howell replied, “I believe it’s one of the paramount causes of premature aging and early death. I also believe it’s the underlying cause of almost all degenerative disease.” The “stealing” of enzymes from organs such as the brain, heart, lungs and muscles to service the overburdened digestive tract, he maintained, “sets up a competition for enzymes among the various organ systems and tissues of the body. The resulting metabolic dislocations may be the direct cause of cancer, coronary heart disease, diabetes and many other chronic incurable diseases. This state of enzyme deficiency stress exists in the majority of persons on the civilized, enzyme-free diet.”

Papain can help us overcome this deficiency, particularly when working in tandem with all of the other ingredients in the papaya leaf. That in essence is why papaya leaf tea can make your body begin to function again like that of a healthy young person.

The papain enzyme, like your pancreatic enzymes, is a protein-eater and can substitute for a weak pancreas. By helping you to digest proteins from your food, it keeps them from forming toxic matter in your intestines.

Frequently, papain is included in prescription combinations of digestive enzymes to replace what individuals with cystic fibrosis or pancreas conditions cannot produce naturally. Because it improves digestion in general, papain has also been used orally to treat less serious digestion disorders such as bloating and chronic indigestion.

Digestive disturbances are not the only conditions that papain has been known to help alleviate. It may, for instance, reduce postoperative swelling, expedite healing from injuries and help relieve the pain and inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis. It has also proven effective as a treatment for psoriasis and cold sores caused by Herpes zoster virus, warts and ringworm, and in removing dead tissue from burned skin, a result of its ability to break down proteins.1

As if all that weren’t enough, it is used in many countries both to treat and help prevent malaria. In fact, according to the global hunger fighting organization ECHO, a hospital in Zimbabwe, located in an area where malaria is a serious problem, began using papaya leaf tea a number of years ago and reported that those taking it did not come down with the disease (although admittedly this claim is anecdotal).2

Probably the most difficult part of doing research on the use of papaya leaves around the world is that the leaves (as well as other parts of the plant) have so many varied medicinal uses and is probably why they are not as well known for their impressive cancer-fighting properties.

Are papaya leaves really an effective treatment for cancer?

It may be hard to believe, but nearly a century ago, a Scottish embryologist, Dr. John Beard, developed a theory that pancreatic enzymes defend the body against cancer cells, which he explored in a book called “The Enzyme Treatment of Cancer and its Scientific Basis”. Beard had been studying placentas, and noted how a placenta seems to invade the uterus in a manner not unlike a tumor, but stops growing once the fetal pancreas begins to work. From that observation, he extrapolated that pancreatic enzymes might have a similar effect on cancer itself. In subsequent experiments with both animal and human subjects, he showed that juices extracted from the pancreases of young animals and injected into patients with malignant tumors could, in fact, effectively shrink them.

When other physicians tried to duplicate the work, however, they were less successful – probably because they failed to follow his procedure, which was to extract enzymes from young animals and inject them while they were still fresh. As a result, Dr. Beard’s theories were largely dismissed and fell into obscurity – that is, until the 1960s when Dr. William Donald Kelley, a Texas dentist, cured himself of usually fatal pancreatic cancer using the Beard approach, then went on to develop his own nutritionally based cancer therapy that was reported to be highly effective in patients whose immune systems had not been totally destroyed by chemotherapy and other conventional treatments. It was Dr. Kelley’s belief that cancers originated with primordial germ cells that are able to invade normal tissue at places in the body that have been compromised by stress or toxic exposure where they encounter no resistance from the immune system, and that pancreatic enzymes could effectively reduce or eradicate them.3

Both Dr. Beard’s and Dr. Kelley’s ideas have also been adapted by Dr. Nicholas Gonzelez, who developed a detoxification regimen that includes a freeze-dried porcine pancreatic enzyme administered in capsule form.4

Essentially, what pancreatic enzymes do is to digest protein – which is what enables them to destroy cancer cells. But cancer creates its own weapons to eradicate these enzymes and when one’s pancreas is already weakened, a malignancy can easily overwhelm it. To quote Dr. Kelley, “a pancreas that cannot metabolize protein cannot protect the body from cancer.”5

Studies done of mice that had been inoculated with malignant tumors and treated with enzyme therapy at different times, have demonstrated just how effective such treatment can be in preventing cancer from metastasizing. The first set was given enzymes at stage four cancer after tumor removal; 30 percent survived. The second set was given enzymes at the onset of cancer; their survival rate was 60 percent. The third set was given enzymes prior to the introduction of cancer, and 100 percent of them survived. Such research should serve to indicate the importance of enzyme supplementation as part of an anticancer regimen.6

The enzyme found in the papaya leaf, papain, is a protein-eating substance that can perform the same function as pancreatic enzymes and can compensate for a weak pancreas if you have cancer or help to prevent cancer by digesting proteins from your food so that they do not

4 Ibid
5 Biser, Sam. Curing Cancer with Nutrition: The use of diet and enzyme therapy to cure Cancer. Charlottesville, VA: University of Natural Healing, Inc., 1994.
6 Wald M, Olejar T, Pouckova P, Zadinova M, Proteinases reduce metastatic dissemination and increase survival time in C57Bl6 mice with the Lewis lung carcinoma. Life Sci 1998, 63:L237-243
go undigested and become toxic in your intestines. According to one study, in fact, “papain will digest most protein substrates more extensively than the pancreatic proteases.”7

The importance of papaya leaves as a cancer-fighting agent is further accentuated by the fact that of 3,000 enzymes that scientists have identified, there are only two created by natural plants and fruits that specialize in eating away the fibrous coating, or protein armor, that forms around cancer cells via a process called proteolysis. These specialty enzymes, known as “proteolytic,” or protein eating enzymes, are papain and bromelain. Bromelain is found in the core of the pineapple. Of these two it is the papain from papaya leaves that has been most widely used both culturally and historically to successfully treat various cancers.

Specifically how does this enzyme work to inhibit malignant growth?

As the process is explained in the journal The Doctor’s Prescription for Healthy Living, “Formation of fibrin (protein) on the tumor cell membrane serves as a protective barrier against tumor cell recognition by the immunological system. Proteolytic enzymes (like papain) inhibit both excess fibrin deposition and inflammation, thus helping to prevent the spread of tumor cells.”

7 http://www.sigmaaldrich.com/Area_of_Interest/Biochemicals/
8 “Systemic Oral Enzymes in Cancer Therapeutics,” The Doctor’s Prescription for Healthy Living, Vol. 4 , No. 6

The fallacies that have caused many doctors to ignore papain’s cancer fighting ability.

As I discovered, however, many conventional practitioners are apt to dismiss the whole concept of oral enzyme therapy for cancer based on a premise they learned in medical school, which has since been shown to be fallacious. I only found out about it because I really needed to understand why my mother’s doctors didn’t recommend enzyme therapy when the information, the science, the clinical studies were all there to show that it really works.

What I learned was that we need to give these doctors a bit of a break — at least, the ones here in America who are older than 45. That’s because the textbooks that they studied told them that enzymes are great for digestion, but they are simply too big to make it through the intestinal wall, so enzymes taken by mouth therefore could not work. It was only within the last 25 years that scientists proved this hypothesis to be incorrect (and most doctors, it should be noted, aren’t taking refresher courses or keeping up with all the latest developments in medicine).

Steve Hefferon explains on the Health Guidance Web site, “Proteolytic enzymes, also referred to as “proteases,” are enzymes that break down proteins into their smallest elements. If this breakdown of proteins happens in your gut, we call the enzymes ‘digestive’ because they help us digest our food. Systemic proteolytic enzymes, however, have a completely different purpose, so please don’t confuse the two. When taken on an empty stomach, proteolytic enzymes will pass through the stomach or intestine lining and enter the circulatory system. This is why they are called ‘systemic’. Once they enter the circulatory system, they circulate throughout the body.

Just how far behind the informational curve physicians can be on such matters is exemplified by an experience I had one Saturday at my business upon discovering that a customer of mine happened to be a doctor. I asked him his credentials, and when he told me that he was on the board of directors of a homeopathic enterprise, that really aroused my curiosity. “So,” I inquired, “Do you know of papain?” “Yes”, He replied,, “That is the protein-eating enzyme”. I then asked him what the chances were that papain could be used to successfully treat cancer. His response was one of disdain. “Horse manure!” he declared. “The enzymes won’t make it past your stomach.” I smiled. Information science had paid off. I told him how scientists have now proven that enzymes can make it past the stomach and through the intestinal wall. My little “seminar” with him ended up lasting about an hour, at the end of which he asked me to please e-mail him all of my data.

Now, however, we face a new challenge — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved oral enzymes for cancer therapy. Doctors in America can’t recommend or prescribe what is not FDA approved. European doctors can, however, and now do. The drug companies, though, won’t be interested in paying for clinical studies unless there is money in it for them and one can’t patent a leaf, unless it’s sufficiently altered to make it an “original” formula.

Then there are those “experts” who have attempted to dismiss the effectiveness of the enzyme action of papaya tea based on the conventional scientific claim that enzymes “die” at 114 degrees Fahrenheit. In actuality, papain has proven to be an exception, especially in the presence of water, with optimum activity at 150°F, perfect for tea. Proof that papain’s effectiveness survives high temperatures is shown by the fact that, when used as a meat tenderizer, it continues to tenderize after cooking.

But the best anecdote I’ve seen reflecting the tendency of conventional medicine to keep cancer patients unaware of the potential benefits of this therapy (and one that helped motivate me to write this booklet) is the story about Hope Clinic founder Dr. Ernesto Contreras, Sr. Contreras, a believer in enzyme therapy, started the clinic for cancer victims that the rest of the medical world had given up on. He had to endure years of being called a quack, but with persistence, succeeded in demonstrating that the process of curing cancer is not about just killing a tumor, but is a matter of “whole healing” involving the spirit, mind and body. Then, late in his career, after having survived decades of disdain from the medical establishment, he had an interesting patient visit his clinic. As his son recounted the story, “…a renowned oncologist came to visit my father. He explained that he had cancer and was looking for someone to treat him. My father asked him, ‘Why not take the chemotherapy that you have prescribed to your patients over the past 30 years?’ The doctor responded, ‘But this is me we are talking about, Ernesto!’ This cancer specialist’s experience treating thousands of cancer patients had taught him that chemotherapy alone was not going to cure him. He came to my father looking for an integrative approach.” 10

Some ‘anecdotal evidence’ of the power of papain in treating cancer

Whenever practitioners of conventional wisdom wish to downplay evidence that something can bring about some either desired or undesired effect, they’ll refer to it as “anecdotal” (as opposed to “scientific”). In this booklet, I’ve attempted to tell you a little about the science involved in the use of papaya leaf enzyme in the treatment of cancer. Now I’d like to present you with a few examples of the “anecdotal” evidence of its effectiveness:

10 Francisco Contreras, MD, Jorge Barroso-Aranda, M.D., Ph.D., and Daniel E. Kennedy, -“Dismantling Cancer,” Interpacific Press
In one case, a 40-year-old banana grower had undergone two operations for bladder cancer, but they did not prevent the cancer from metastasizing. He was then placed on a very simple diet consisting of fresh, living foods with no preservatives, white flour, sugar, colorings or additives, and was told to stuff a handful of papaya leaves into a saucepan filled with water; boil them, simmer for one hour and “drink it till it comes out of your ears.” Five weeks later, he reportedly had no trace of cancer whatsoever.11

In another, an elderly woman in Britain, suffering from bowel and stomach cancer, had been sent home to die. Having been given no chance of recovery, she was provided with papaya leaves that had been ground in a coffee grinder and told to brew them into a tea, which she drank regularly. Her cancer vanished without a trace.”12

Then there was a 74-year-old woman who had bladder cancer, which surgery failed to completely remove. Over a period of three months she used papaya leaves, and when she ran out of leaves, she used the skin of the fruit which she boiled. When she went back to the doctor for a check-up after that period, the diagnosis was that the cancer had been eradicated, a result confirmed by a subsequent examination four months later. She has since reported feeling 100 percent better and sees her result as proof that papaya has the ability to promote recovery from cancer.13

11 www.rejoiceinlife.com
12 Ibid
13 Harold Tietze ,”Living Food for Longer Life”, Beekman Books Inc , 2001, p. 49

Papaya leaf tea: the basic essentials

By now, there are some questions about papaya leaf tea that you’d undoubtedly like to have answered. For instance, are there people who shouldn’t drink it?

The answer is yes – the same ones who are advised against taking any proteolytic enzymes, who, according to Steve Hefferon of the Health Guidance Web site, include:

Individuals taking prescription blood thinners (Coumadin, Heparin, Plavix);

Anyone who will be having surgery in less than two weeks;
Individuals with known ulcers of the stomach;
Individuals with gastroesophageal reflux disease. (GERD);
Pregnant or lactating women;
Individuals currently taking antibiotics, and
Individuals with an allergic reaction to pineapples or papayas. 14

Then there’s the question of how safe it is for people other than those listed above, and whether it has any side effects. “Proteolytic enzymes have an excellent safety record, with no significant side effects reported,” notes Hefferon, But, as with anything, he advises that their use be discontinued in the event that an allergic reaction ensues.15

14 http://www.healthguidance.org/entry/7226/1/What-Are-Systemic-Proteo
15 Ibid

Finally, how should it be brewed and how often consumed? According to the organization ECHO, it is recommended in countries where it is used as a malaria preventive that it be taken regularly on a twice-a-week schedule, as follows: “Use one fresh leaf which you boil in 2 liters of water. Let it boil a short time and let it rest for some minutes. Drink 1/4 of a cup each time. It is bitter, but it is not poisonous. You should not eat the raw leaves, however.”

Directions for Papaya Tea

The dried leaves are available in cut or powder form.16 Add one half cup of Papaya leaf cut to 5 cups of water. Bring to a boil and then simmer 2 minutes. Take the pan off the heat then add a pinch of green Stevia leaf. Cover and let steep for one to four hours. Put a large paper coffee filter in a strainer and pour the tea through it. Drink ¼ cup – one to two times a day or as directed by a health care professional.

16 www.gaia-movement.org/files/newsletter%20september%20small.pdf

Why papaya tea instead of a papain pill?

At this point, some readers may be convinced of the benefits of papain but wondering why it’s necessary to have to ingest it as tea brewed from papaya leaves. Wouldn’t it be simpler to take it in supplement form?

Papain pills, in fact, are readily available. The enzyme is drawn out of the papaya tree by slicing the trunk and draining out the milky sap, which is dried and then made into pills. So why not forget the tea and just take the pill?

The reason that I personally believe in using tea made from the natural leaf is that there is more to the leaf than just papain and that the synergistic interaction of papain with other substances in the leaf may substantially contribute to its cancer-fighting and therapeutic properties. As powerful as papain can be by itself, the papaya leaf is also a source of riboflavin, or Vitamin B2, which is required for various cellular processes and plays a key role in energy metabolism, as well as beta carotene, Vitamin E, and potassium – substances that our diet seems to lack in the quantities we really need.17 While the way enzymes work remains largely a mystery, we do have some clues that to achieve maximum effectiveness, they require the presence of nutritional “accomplices” (such as vitamins), while other substances actually can slow down or stop enzyme functionality (such as sugar and alcohol).

A mentor of mine told me that when he studied at Oxford University in England he was taught that intelligence was not necessarily the search for the right answers, but instead, the passion to find the right questions. After all my research on this subject, my conclusion is that we ask the wrong question when we ask what the “cure” for cancer is. This is as pointless as asking for a “cure” for aging, or a “cure” for gravity.

17 http://www.rain-tree.com/papaya.htm
What, then, is the right question? Perhaps instead of “How do I try not to die,” it is, “How should I live?” That’s a question I would answer by advising you to eat what your body needs to live (ideally, 11 servings of fresh vegetables per day and four servings of fruit), not to consume cell-destroying things (sugar, and processed foods), and supplement your diet with papaya tea to fight off the carcinogens you will inevitably encounter in this world. If we could all spend our entire lives doing this, I believe our lives would not only be considerably longer, but we could all keep cancer at bay, just like the mice in the experiment mentioned earlier who were administered enzymes prior to being injected with cancer and had a 100 percent survival rate.

Living healthier lifestyles to whatever extent is feasible for each of us will, I’m convinced, greatly increase our chances of being able to overcome the malignancies that will periodically try to make inroads into our bodies, and to otherwise lead healthier and happier lives. Getting into the habit of drinking papaya leaf tea is certainly one of the easiest – and perhaps most effective – things we can do along these lines.

This is something I would hope you would encourage everyone you know to do as well — your parents, your children, your friends, and hopefully, even your doctor.

The last thing that my mama asked for before she died of this brutal cancer was a hamburger. Sad that she thought she had tried everything – every possible panacea out there. The ultimate irony was that the FDA had approved a drug for her rheumatoid arthritis, and that this FDA- approved drug was later shown to be a carcinogen and was pulled off the market. I’ve since discovered that papain is a very effective remedy for inflammatory diseases, very specifically, rheumatoid arthritis. That’s one reason I’m not all that concerned about whether papain has the FDA seal of approval as a cancer fighter, or as a means of alleviating any other ailment. The important thing is that we have enough evidence of the fact that it actually works.

I don’t know who couldn’t relate to my mama, and her last wish for one of the simple pleasures she had always taken for granted. It is so hard to change our eating patterns, and we only have so long to enjoy life.

That’s why, instead of the anger I originally felt when I read the claims about papaya leaf, I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to help spread this news myself. I’d like to think the knowledge I now possess, that could have given my mama additional years, might enable your mom or dad – or perhaps even you yourself– to live a much longer and healthier life.

You can buy Papaya leaf cut here:

16 Comments so far »

  1. by B. L. Francis, on July 1 2009 @ 9:46 am


    In this layman’s research, this is one of the most interesting articles I’ve found on natural alternatives to fighting cancer.
    I also lost my mother at her young age of 48 to pancreatic cancer and there was no help from the medical profession at all in 1978, year of her death.

    I’m just seeing too many people, family, friends, classmates, coworkers and more cut down by cancer and we’re not treating it as a national security issue. Unhealthy and uneducated citizenry is surely a national disaster in the making.

    Thank you for the article. I will further my research by following the links noted above. Please continue your research. You have a much needed gift.

    B. L. Francis, Orlando, Fl

  2. by Sylvia Francis, on July 9 2009 @ 6:53 am


    Where can I purchase the papaya leaves?
    You may buy Papaya leaves at: http://www.herbaladvantage.com/

  3. by daniel wistehuff, on March 17 2010 @ 8:16 pm


    I live in a tropical envirnoment in Asia and many Papaya trees in the vicinity. Are there any differences in the leaves from different varities?

    If not what is the best source for purchasing the leaves already processed.

    I have had Metastized Colon Cancer for almost 7 years now stage 4. I have tried everything and well as many surgeries that have carved my body into shreds. No more surgery please! I am presently on a very new and expensive drug called Avistin that I respond to very well. it is a protine based sort of drug (Not necessarly a Chemo) and I was wondering with what I read in this article it seems that Papaya has some effect on the protiens in the body. Do you now if this may have a negative effect on the Aviston? Big question I know! Also i need to find a doctor that KNOWS this herbal remedy if you know of such a person. Thanks, DAN

  4. by BEVERLY HYDEN CAMPBELL, on March 23 2010 @ 2:25 pm


    I would like to know where to buy the papaya leafs. My husband is 50 and he has non small cell carsinom and is termenal, would like to help him please

  5. by BEVERLY HYDEN CAMPBELL, on March 23 2010 @ 2:28 pm


    again there is all kinds of stuff on the papaya leaf except where to buy it. so lets have it!!!!!

  6. by Helen Geer, on March 30 2010 @ 5:52 pm


    Where can I purchase papaya leaves

  7. by steve@herbaladvantage.com, on August 1 2010 @ 12:41 am


    You may buy Papaya leaves from http://www.HerbalAdvantage.com/

  8. by steve@herbaladvantage.com, on August 1 2010 @ 12:42 am


    You may buy Papaya leaves from http://www.healthyvillage.com/

  9. by steve@herbaladvantage.com, on August 1 2010 @ 12:43 am


    Please see above response.

  10. by steve@herbaladvantage.com, on August 1 2010 @ 12:46 am


    The most important item is to not use the fresh Papaya leaves. They must be completely dried before you make a tea.

  11. by Don, on September 4 2010 @ 8:05 pm


    Wouldn’t the nutrients from a fresh leaf be stronger than in a dried up leaf? Why must they be dried to make the tea. Leafy vegetables supposedly have the most goodies right when they are picked. The fresh leaves remind me of the smell and texture of spinach. Are fresh leaves harmful to ingest?

    Fresh Papaya leaves contain a latex type substance that is harmful when fresh but is completely harmless after the leaves are properly dried.

  12. by Sandra, on September 30 2010 @ 1:52 pm


    Your ‘ORDER HERE’ link is broken..I get a message that the server cannot ‘find’ this link..but it’s under the notice and I cannot get to it.

    It is on herbaladvantage…??

    please advise..I have friends who need

    You can buy Papaya Leaves at the web addresses listed below or if you wish please call us at the toll free number listed below.

  13. by cynthia, on December 21 2011 @ 10:04 pm


    i know someone thats in there sixtys who just learned he has small cell lung cancer can you get papaya leaves in capsules this guy wont drink tea
    Hi Cynthia, Yes we have Papaya in capsules and it may help but it will not work as well as Papaya Tea properly made.

  14. by Jackie, on September 26 2012 @ 12:45 pm


    In the article, the author specifically states: “Finally, how should it be brewed and how often consumed? According to the organization ECHO, it is recommended in countries where it is used as a malaria preventive that it be taken regularly on a twice-a-week schedule, as follows: “Use one fresh leaf which you boil in 2 liters of water. Let it boil a short time and let it rest for some minutes. Drink 1/4 of a cup each time. It is bitter, but it is not poisonous. You should not eat the raw leaves, however.”

    Then I saw the comment by Steve at herbaladvantage.com: “The most important item is to not use the fresh Papaya leaves. They must be completely dried before you make a tea.”

    I’m confused by this contradiction. If people in other countries use fresh papaya leaf (perhaps dried is not an option?) why can’t we use it and successfully utilize the benefits of the leaf?

    Perhaps you can email me a response, or at least a notice of your response here, so I can follow up with this.

    * Response:
    Fresh Papaya Leaves have components in them that are toxic. These components are deactivated upon drying. Making a tea from the dried leaves is safer than making tea from fresh leaves. I do not understand the process of making tea from fresh Papaya leaves. I don’t know how long to boil them nor do know any of the other steps necessary to make the papaya non-toxic. Thank you, Steve Marsden

  15. by steve@herbaladvantage.com, on July 4 2013 @ 4:26 pm


    Any thoughts on how this tea helps those with Dengue Fever?
    Papaya Leaf Tea will have an effect as per the link below. I also would do the Vitamin C by mouth as well as intravenous.


  16. by R D PRESSON, on August 23 2014 @ 7:43 pm


    The book “Papaya the Medicine Tree” states to make papaya tea take several medium leaves rinse and partly dry, cut them up like cabbage and place in a sauce pan with 2 quarts/liters of water, bring to a boil and simmer until the liquid is reduced by half, strain into a glass bottle and refrigerate it. It will last 3 to 4 days, if it becomes cloudy discard it. The dosage is 3tbs/50ml three times a day.
    Fresh or partly dry Papaya leaves should NEVER be used to make tea. Papaya Leaves must always be dried first.

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