Pawpaw leaf is a natural remedy that has been used for years to treat many health conditions. Most commonly, pawpaw leaf is used to treat diarrhea and health-threatening gastroenteritis in animals.
People have also begun using pawpaw leaf to treat fibroids, or uterine enlargement. Uterine enlargement can be caused by hormone imbalances, including estrogen dominance.
Pawpaw leaf contains a chemical called emodin, which is similar to the drug Danazol. Emodin works by shrinking the uterus and reducing excessive vaginal discharge.
Those who use pawpaw leaf report few side effects, including no hair loss or weight loss like with chemotherapy. However, it may cause nausea and/or stomach pain.
This article will explain how to use pawpaw leaf to shrink fibroids and discuss any possible side effects.
Where to find pawpaw leaf?
Paw paw leaf is not as easy to locate as some other herbs. It is not listed on most major herb lists, including the famous Master’s List of Herbs. However, it is possible to find it at local herb shops or even grow it at home.
If you are not able to find it or grow it, then your other option is to purchase dried paw paw leaf. This will work just as well! Just make sure it is an authentic dried paw paw leaf so that it has all the necessary components to work.
You can also use papaya leaf instead, which is more readily available and cheaper. It will have similar effects on fibroids, although may not be as strong. Check with your doctor to see if this is a suitable replacement.
What are the benefits of pawpaw leaf?
Aside from its uses in shrinking fibroids, pawpaw leaf is also said to have several other health benefits. It can be used to treat chronic pain, including back pain and pain associated with endometriosis.
It reportedly has anti-inflammatory properties, which may help treat inflammation associated with endometriosis. Additionally, it may help reduce menstrual cramping and bleeding.
Other uses include treatment for digestive issues like diarrhea and dysentery, as well as weight loss aid. Some studies suggest that pawpaw leaf may even have antibacterial and antifungal properties.
However, it is important to note that this plant may cause allergic reactions in some people. Always talk to your doctor before trying any new treatments or medicines.
How to prepare the tea?
Pawpaw leaf can be brewed into a tea. You can buy dried pawpaw leaves online or at herbal stores. You can also harvest your own leaves if you find a healthy pawpaw tree!
To prepare the tea, you will need to mix 1-2 teaspoons of dried pawpaw leaves with 1 cup of hot water. Let it steep for 5-10 minutes, depending on how strong you would like the flavor and effect of the tea.
Then, drink the whole cupful and enjoy! You can either drink it straight up or with some juice or water to dilute it.
Note: Do not boil the pawpaw leaves as this will destroy its healing properties.
How to use it as a compress?
Pawpaw leaf can be used as a compress to help shrink fibroids. All you need to do is gather some pawpaw leaves and water, then you can make this at home.
You will need a large bowl filled with water that is warm enough to soothe the affected area, a towel to dry off the affected area, and the pawpaw leaves to place on top of the towel over the affected area.
Dry off the affected area as best as you can and then place the towel down, then pile on the pawpaw leaves. Wrap the area with the towel and then soak in the bowl of warm water for about thirty minutes. Repeat this process three times a week until symptoms subside.
What are the symptoms of a fibroid?
A fibroid is a growth in the uterus. Unlike cancer, fibroids are not inherently harmful. However, they can be uncomfortable and painful.
Most women experience pain or discomfort when the uterus is enlarged. This is because there is not enough room for the tissue to expand. As a result, fibers within the uterus pull on other tissues, which causes pain.
Fibroids can grow as small as a pea or as large as a watermelon. They come in several different shapes, including spherical, cube-shaped, and leaf-shaped.
Some women with fibroids do not experience any symptoms. Others may experience bleeding during your period, light menstrual bleeding between periods, pelvic pain during sex and/or ovulation, and fatigue.
Should I see a doctor for fibroids?
Although you can treat fibroids at home, it is best to see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment recommendations. A doctor can also provide more extensive treatment options than what is available at home.
If you have severe bleeding caused by fibroids, a doctor should be consulted. This is because it may require medical or surgical treatment to stop the bleeding.
Surgical treatments include hysterectomy, in which the uterus is completely removed. Other treatments include laser therapy or microwave therapy to shrink or eliminate the growth. Medical treatments include birth control pills that regulate menstrual flow and decrease hormone production.
For women who no longer desire children, these treatments can provide health benefits and improve quality of life.
What are my treatment options for fibroids?
Depending on the size of your fibroids, your doctor may advise you to wait until they grow bigger before treating them. This is because it can be more difficult to remove them if they are too large.
If they are causing symptoms, such as heavy bleeding or pain, your doctor may recommend treatment immediately. Treatment can include hysterectomy, laser surgery, and/or drug therapy.
Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. A laparoscopic hysterectomy is a minimally invasive surgery where the surgeon uses a camera device and special instruments to remove the uterus. A vaginal hysterectomy is a traditional surgery where the surgeon exits through the vagina to remove the uterus.
Laser surgery uses a laser device to destroy or shrink fibroids. Drug therapy uses medications to shrink fibroids and/or reduce symptoms associated with them.
Does pawpaw work for shrinking fibroids?
While pawpaw does not have any direct effects on the uterus, it may help reduce the size of fibroids. According to a study in Phytotherapy Research, pawpaw extracts reduced the size of uterine fibroids in postmenopausal women.
Other studies in BioMed Research International found similar results. However, more research needs to be done to determine if pawpaw reduces the size of uterine fibroids in premenopausal women.
According to HealthyWay, you should take 2–4 capsules containing 100–200mg of dried and powdered pawpaw fruit per day for 2 months. Repeat this process 3 times per year to keep the tumors from growing larger.