researchers believe that the extract of papaya leaves could be effective in
treating dengue patients.
is a mosquito-borne viral infection that is responsible for a number of deaths.
Though it may not cause symptoms in some people or may resemble a simple flu,
in other patients, it may cause a drop in platelet count; platelets
are those blood cells
that are required to arrest bleeding. As a consequence, the patient may suffer
from bleeding episodes and may go into shock.
Unlike some infections
that can be dealt with
antibiotic or antiviral drugs, there is no specific drug that is effective against
the dengue virus. Therefore, treatment of dengue is based on its symptoms.
Platelet transfusions are used to replace the depleting platelet levels.
Some researchers found that
the extract of papaya
leaves could possibly benefit patients of dengue by increasing the level of
platelets. My colleague and I reviewed the available literature on this topic
and published our findings in the journal, Annals
of Medical & Health Sciences Research.
We found that there were
some that indicated that some patients recovered from dengue by taking the
extract of papaya leaves. However, many of the studies lacked scientific
evidence. In some cases, the presence of dengue infection was not proved. In
some others, the extracts were not standardized.
One study however was more
scientifically conducted using standardized papaya leaf extract on patients who
tested positive for the dengue viral infection. These patients also showed a
favorable response in terms of increase in platelet counts.
In order to substantiate
these findings, further long-term studies need to be conducted to prove
effectiveness and safety of the use of papaya leaf extract before it can be
used as a medicine in addition to other treatments for dengue
Sarala N, Paknikar S. Papaya
extract to treat dengue: A novel therapeutic option?. Ann Med Health Sci Res