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 Chaya is used as a food, in soups and medicine. The white milky sap that comes with a bruise or break to the stem is applied to pimples and warts. Chaya can be made into a tea and used as a daily beverage to improve eyesight and prevent cataracts. Chaya cures skin blemishes. Ross-Ibarra and Molina-Cruz (2002) propose that the efficacy of the sap for skin problems derives from the proteolysis (protein-digesting) enzymes in the stem, and that it is useful for dry skin (if applied directly to the skin), hardening teeth, disinfecting, preventing anomia and arthritis, and regulating the menstrual cycle. It also serves as an anti-inflammatory for veins and haemorrhoids, and can be used to treat a scorpion sting. For a stomach-ache make a tea of chaya leaves

Research conducted by the Social Security Institute in Guadalajara on a group of over 100 individuals working in the health field found that chaya was among the most commonly used herbal medicine. 

Biomedical Use

Medicinally, chaya is used to treat arteriosclerosis and weight problems, since it helps reduce carbohydrate cravings. Chaya stimulates the liver, allowing for better digestion and can also be used as a laxative. It is good for blood circulation, and for the eyes and vision if taken in an infusion for 15 days. It helps prevent cataracts due to its high content of Vitamin C. In water or tea, chaya is effective as a diuretic

 

 

Study conducted by the Mexican National Institute of Nutrition and Texas A&M University confirmed the following healing properties of Chaya. “

  • Ø Back pain, kidney pain, kidney stones: 
  • Ø Blood purifier and circulation, heart disease: 
  • Ø Cholesterol
  • Ø Boils, warts, pimples or other skin conditions: -
  • Ø Labour, retention of afterbirth: 
  • Ø Diabetes
  • Ø Digestion stimulant, laxative
  • Ø Eye problems, vision enhancement
  • Ø Gum disease, toothache: 
  • Ø Inflammation, haemorrhoids, , ulcers: 
  • Ø Muscular disorders, rheumatism, arthritis: 
  • Ø Purgative, weight loss, diet:
  • Ø Stimulus for mother's milk: