Uses of Pawpaw
Of course, the
main use of pawpaw historically has been one of food
and nutrition. As mentioned on the Introduction to
Pawpaw page, this use is unfortunately limited somewhat due to its
tendency to spoil quickly after it is picked.
Due to research, mainly
by Dr. Jerry McLaughlin at Purdue University, pawpaw was used in a
role as a natural pesticide.
(Go to our article page to read more on this topic.) One
natural supplement company actually marketed it in a specialized lice
remover shampoo. Although the product was
considered to be very successful in its application, it was only
sold through its field distribution via direct marketing--not
through retail outlets. This was responsible for low sales,
and thus the company eventually stopped production. However,
if the application of lice removal shampoo is of interest to you, we
have obtained the formula for the shampoo and can make it available
to you as long as it is for personal use only and not commercial
gain. Use our contact form for
The use of the pawpaw
extract, however, did not stop there. In 2003, the same
supplement company (who has the license of the standardized pawpaw
extract) started using it in an anti-parasite
package that included the use of other herbs. Simultaneously,
although the company did not market the product as such (due to FDA
regulations), it was used by individuals and some physicians to fight
cancer because of information made available in technical
and scholastic publications concerning the research of Dr. Jerry
Although not much has
been written on this use, it was recently noted that Dr. McLaughlin
was looking at pawpaw as an ingredient as a salve to fight
herpes. Some anecdotal success was reported.
We have also been able to obtain the general formula for this
combination, which we will be glad to release for individual use
only through our contact form.
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