As early as 3,000 years ago, in the Mantra of Poems during the spring and autumn period, papaya was referred to as a gift to mankind. From early times, papaya was looked upon as a national treasure, with a reputation for having beautiful flowers. It can be grown as a potted plant, used as a herb, eaten as a fruit, taken as a medicine, and is used by poets as a theme for their poems.
In Xuancheng of Anhui Province, the papaya grown there have thick flesh, bear big fruit, taste sour, are bright yellow in color, and the flowers have a sweet fragrance. During the Northern and Southern dynasties until the Qing Dynasty, for a period of over a thousand years, papaya was used as a royal tribute to the emperor.
Witty empress “finds” the right cure
There was an ancient Chinese story about an emperor bringing a convoy; the empress and ministers from the northern part of China traveled to the south in order to escape a particularly cold winter.
On the way, the emperor fell sick; he vomited, had diarrhea, a dry throat and lips, and a painful and swollen leg. He also had difficulty walking. At that time, the imperial physician was not in the convoy and they had to call a local famous doctor to attend to the emperor.
The first doctor, named Changshan, examined the emperor’s pulse. He diagnosed that the emperor was not able to accommodate to the environment and needed to eat only papaya to nurse himself back to health. The emperor had never heard that papaya could cure sickness.
He got angry with Changshan, thinking that he was talking nonsense, and gave him a warning. They called another local doctor who also recommended papaya. Thinking that the local doctors colluded to make fun of him, the emperor ordered the doctor to be executed and laid down the order not to call any more local doctors.
The intelligent and brilliant empress then said that she could cure the emperor’s illness, having observed the doctors before. She called another famous local doctor and told him that if papaya is the cure, he should call it the “Wanshou fruit.” The emperor ate the “Wanshou Fruit,” recovered very quickly, and greatly rewarded the doctor.
Papaya contains enzymes that can work as an appetizer and help the digestion; it can also break down animal protein, get rid of stomach air, cure indigestion, as well as chronic atrophic gastritis. Papaya has a nice fragrance, which has the effect of stimulating the nerves. It is good for the liver and stomach, and can even be placed next to your pillow.
Papaya contains vitamin C and glucose, and has the ability to increase the amount of breast milk. People nowadays take it to enhance the chest, and it has a strong nutritional effect on the muscles, weak legs, and chronic rheumatoid arthritis. Papaya can also cure anemia, and is good for elderly people suffering from backache and weak knees.
Alleviates leg cramps
Slice a few papayas, soak in water and wine, and then steam. Apply the steamed papaya slices to the affected area.
Cures tight tendons and alleviates cholera
Prepare one tahil (ca. 40 grams) of steamed papaya. Drink part of it, then put a cloth over the other part and wrap up the fruit.
Helps with digestive issues
Green papaya milk contains an enzyme that can help with digestion. Drink 5cc of papaya juice after each meal to help the digestive system. Also, the enzymes in the papaya juice can make meat softer and dissolve some of the meat, which can help with digestion. The juice of papaya and pineapple is also used in restaurants to soften up the meat.
Use green papaya; remove the seeds, cut off the top to use as lid, and the fruit to use as tea pot to brew tea in; or
Cut the green papaya into slices and boil in water to be used to brew tea.
Drink the brewed tea.
The writer of this story is not a medical professional, and the information that is in this story has been collected from reliable sources — every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided is for general information purposes only, and should not be substituted for professional health care.
Translated by: Chua BC
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