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Papaya is a common fruit in Papua New Guinea and is sometimes used for medicinal purposes. The seeds possess properties that can treat a patient suffering from symptoms of malaria.


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Noni, although somewhat well-known on the international scale, is a common remedy in Papua New Guinea used to treat ulcers, corns, and warts.


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Kar-Akar is a meter tall plant with reddish-purple leaves (see Figure 1). It is used to cleanse the gastrointestinal system and relieve stomach aches.


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Kaia is used to help heal wounds. (see Figure 1)


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Karangon is often planted near homes or communal buildings to repel snakes. (see Figure 1)


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Guava is a common fruit in Papua New Guinea with several different strains. Apart from being sweet and useful in cooking, it also has been know to treat gastrointestinal problems and is a natural antioxidant.


Daval Na Lotu grows around one meter tall and has oval shaped leaves that are about two and a half centimeters wide and five centimeters long (see Figure 1). Frequently, the people of East New Britain use Daval Na Lotu for headaches, internal body aches, and sore muscles.


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Buabua is a plant that can be used to treat constipation and stomach aches. (see Figure 1)


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Betelnut is chewed in social situations in Papua New Guinea. It acts as a stimulant and is exchanged when greeting people, whether they are new acquaintances or old friends.


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Artilka is a tree that generally grows in higher elevations that is used to reduce swelling, pain, and to treat illness. (see Figure 1)