Dengue is a viral fever caused by mosquito bites and can be dangerous if not attended in time. Common symptoms are high fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, rashes on the body etc

Papaya leaves are good medicine for dengue fever as it assist human body to increase white blood cells and platelets which is also known as thrombocytes. Since gradual decrease of platelet and white blood causes dengue fever and papaya leaves can cure platelet deficiency in human body. So papaya leaves are good medicine to protect a dengue patient. A dengue patient can drink fresh juice extracted by crushing fresh leaves of papaya.

Besides, papaya leaf contains powerful anti-malarial and anti-cancer properties, important nutrients including vitamins A, C, and E. To fight against dengue disease a person has to strengthen his immune system. As papaya leaf possesses some nutrient elements which help to strengthen our immune system.

It is noteworthy that it is effective only in initial stage of a patient(who is suffering from dengue fever) and nobody should take it as substitute for medical advice.

We know that fresh papaya, rich in vitamins and minerals, is very good for the digestive system. But recently researchers have announced about its having properties that can cure the fatal dengue. According to the Ayurveda researchers at the National Institute for Ayurvedic Drug Development, two enzymes namely chymopapin and papin in the raw papaya leaf can fight viral infections. It also helps revive the white blood cells and the platelet counts (gradual decrease/destruction of which is the reason of many people suffering and dying of dengue). The juice, prepared from fresh papaya leaves, avoiding the veins (of the leaves) and then grinding the green, pulpy part to make a paste, indeed is very bitter in taste.  Physicians advice that 20-25 ml/four to five teaspoons of it twice a day, continuing for at least a week is enough for dengue patient.

I would also like to inform you that fresh papaya leaf extract is proved to have anti-malarial and anti-cancer properties. In some parts of the globe it has been used as a strong preventive to fight malaria. It's said that some American and Japanese physicians/researchers had discovered the useful enzymes in papaya leaf extract having cancer fighting properties (preventing cervix/ breast/liver/lung/pancreatic cancers). Significantly, as it has not been proved during tests examining the toxic effects in papaya leaves, so consumption of it may be said to have no side effects. We really need more research/study on it.

Q; How is the papaya fruit leaf juice prepared for consumption for the purpose of treatment of dengue?

A: Leaves from a fruit-bearing tree can be taken (the Red Lady Papaya variety which is more effective), it has to be washed with clean water and then crushed in a wooden pestle without water or salt. The crushed leaves are then to be squeezed by hand to extract the juice which can be consumed fresh once again, without water, salt or sugar.

Q: Could you give the scientific explanation as to how papaya leaf extract is effective in curing dengue?

A: It does three main services - the leaf extract increases the white blood cells and blood platelets and normalises the clotting profile which are the main aspects affected when infected with dengue. The most important factor is that it improves liver function too. The juice helps repair the damage caused to liver cells by dengue fever.

Q: At what stage should a patient consume papaya leaf extract?

A: It is best to consume it in the early stages of dengue haemorrhagic fever when the platelet count (PLT) drops below 150000 cu mm or when the packed cell volume is increased by 10 percent even though the World Health Organization (WHO) criteria to diagnose DHF is PLT of 100000 cu mm or Packed cell volume increase by 20 percent.

Papaya leaf juice has definite beneficial effects even when given to patients with very low platelet counts, altered clotting profiles and bleeding tendencies. But in the final stages of dengue, where multi-organ failure has set in, the beneficial effects are minimal. This is why the patients are advised to take papaya leaf juice early. When it is given early to patients, they recover fast, thus preventing the need for hospital admission. Most importantly, patients who have been identified as dengue-infected should first seek medical attention and take the juice along with the prescribed medication.

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