My friend Fatihah requested for young papaya leaves from the herb garden this evening. Her hubby might have dengue fever but the result is not known yet. It seems that drinking a concoction of the boiled blended leaves will promote a faster recovery. Here is hoping that the test result will be negative.
Papaya leaf juice to treat dengue fever
Published: 5 July 2013 9:28 AM
The papaya fruit is a great source of vitamins A and C, but its leaves hold the possible answer to treating dengue fever.
According to Yahoo News, a group of Malaysian researchers have found that juice extracted from papaya leaves helps increase the platelet count in patients with dengue fever.
Dengue has plagued Malaysia since 2002, with a whopping 20,000 case reported last year. All doctors and nurses can do at the moment is provide treatment - known as supportive treatment - to manage the infection in patients.
This means that a person suffering from dengue fever or dengue hemorrhagic fever will only be treated with either fluids or blood transfusions, to manage the symptoms of the disease. Unfortunately, this type of treatment does not always work.