It contains several unique protein-digesting enzymes including papain and chymopapain. These enzymes have been shown to help reduce inflammation and to improve healing and reduce scaring from burns. This may explain why people with diseases that are worsened by inflammation, such as asthma, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, find that the severity of their condition is improved when they ingest enzymes. The enzymes help to digest proteins and other amino acid clusters that the body does not digest. The use of papain as a radiation therapy can be treated for reducing adverse reactions in patients with cervical cancer.