Papaya leaf (Caricae papayae folium)

Published October 15, 1987.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)

Melonenbaumblätter

Name of Drug

Caricae papayae folium, papaya leaf.

Composition of Drug

Papaya leaf consists of fresh or dried leaf of Carica papaya L. [Fam. Caricaceae], harvested before fruit development, as well as preparations thereof.

Uses

Papaya leaf preparations are used singly or in combinations for prophylaxis and therapy of diseases and discomforts of the gastrointestinal tract, for infections with intestinal parasites, as an anthelmintic for oxyurids, strongyloides, ascarides, ancylostoma, such as Necator americanus, and other nematodes, and also for a sedative and diuretic.

The effectiveness for the claimed applications has not been documented.

Risks

None known.

Evaluation

The therapeutic administration cannot be recommended, since the effectiveness of papaya leaf is not documented, and other, guaranteed herbs are available for the treatment of intestinal infections, particularly those by nematodes.