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Botanical Name Carica papaya
Family Caricaceae
Origin native to the tropical regions of the Americas
Description Carica papaya is a large, fast-growing tree-like herb, with a single stem growing from 5 to 10 meters tall, with spirally arranged leaves confined to the top of the trunk. The fruit is a large berry that is generally spherical to cylindrical in shape, 15–50 cm long and 10–30 cm in diameter, and is ripe when it feels soft and its skin has attained an amber to orange hue.
Parts Used The fruit, leaves, seeds, and latex of Carica papaya are used in various medicinal preparations.
Dose The dose of Carica papaya varies depending on the preparation and the condition being treated. It is best to consult a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any medicinal herb.