Pawpaw: Act Two
Vey interesting reading on the last thread. It has maxed out, but I think it worthwhile to continue the discussion.
Two things that weren't made clear (I tried to read the last two commentators thoroughly, but could have missed a point) to the average reader: it is not the PawPaw(Asimina triloba) *fruit* that has the action in question, it's an extract from the seeds and bark. So, the obvious pleasure of ripe pawpaw fruit, enjoyed for a long time, is not the basis of safety issues. I think that's an important distinction.
Second, the fact that Pawpaw seeds and twigs were used as a vermifuge, and have an emetic action, indicate that is a "heroic" herbal medicine. Like Taxol, these herbs are not to be used casually, but under the guidance of an experienced practitioner.
I did not know of the anti-cancer properties of Asimina triloba until last week, and learned of it at a medicinal herb conference in a presentation by Donald Yance. He has a great clinical reputation, and has written a book; "Herbal Medicine, Healing, and Cancer" He does have a product line, under the name Natura Health Products. I'll leave y'all to Google for that information. One of his products contains Pawpaw, along with Yew, Poke, madagascar Periwinkle, Mistletoe, and Mayapple.
All of the components are not to be taken casually. Again, they are to be used with an experienced practitioner. It's very important for people to understand that just because a substance is herbal, doesn't mean you can just take it willy-nilly on you're own. A cold is an easily resolved issue, but cancer is serious, and professional guidance is important.
I appreciate the intricate discussion on that last thread, but thought these two points were worth highlighting.