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American Pawpaw

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What other names is American Pawpaw known by?

Annona triloba, Asimina, Asimina triloba, Asiminier, Asiminier Trilobé, Asiminier de Virginie, Banane du Pauvre Homme, Custard Apple, Dog-Banana, Papaye Américaine, Papaye American, Papaye Nordique, Pawpaw, Paw Paw.

What is American Pawpaw?

American pawpaw is a plant. The bark, leaf, and seed are used to make medicine.

In homeopathy, American pawpaw is used for treating fever, vomiting, and pain and swelling (inflammation) of the mouth and throat. Homeopathy is an alternative treatment method that uses extreme dilutions of medicines.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Head lice. Early research suggests that applying a shampoo that contains American pawpaw, thymol, and tea tree oil to the head up to three times over 16 days can eliminate lice in adults and children.
  • Fever.
  • Vomiting.
  • Swelling of the mouth and throat.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of American pawpaw for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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