Until this very day, different parts of the papaya plants, which includes the fruit, dried fruit, papaya leaves, dried leaves, stems, seeds, and roots have long been used as ingredients in alternative medicine. The papaya leaves are usually used for the treatment of fever, pyrexia, diabetes, gonorrhea, syphilis, inflammation and as a dressing for septic wounds. It is believed that papaya leaves contain substances responsible for the production of platelets. Although untested herbal medicines can be a potential risk, many people believe the papaya leaf juice extract can accelerate the increase of platelet among patients with dengue fever.
Dengue fever, also known as the breakbone fever and dandy fever, is a painful mosquito borne disease transmitted by a mosquito infected with the dengue virus. The virus infection is transmitted and the person becomes infected when bitten by a mosquito carrying the dengue virus.
As a carrier of the virus, the mosquito could have previously bitten someone with the dengue virus in its blood. There is no specific treatment or antibiotic to treat a virus.
The most possible treatments you get are those directed towards the symptoms called as the symptomatic treatment. The treatment of the dengue fever with the papaya leaf juice is very popular in Asia, especially among the poor and average locals in the Philippines living in the remote and rural areas.
Hand me down cures like the papaya leaf juice extract are very popular, but I do not really believe in it until that day I tried it on my son. He was admitted to the hospital for dengue and his platelet was really low and I became restless when I knew it kept going down.
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A few minutes of browsing and doing some research for its cure, I noticed many locals have published their testimony about the experience they had when they were sick with dengue or a member of a family was sick with dengue and treated with the papaya leaf extract. I believed it was safe and is worth a try.
I haven’t heard of anyone getting sick with anything related to eating a papaya and at that time, there were lots of papaya plant at the vacant lot near the house, so it was easier for me to procure and prepare it.
To extract the juice from the papaya leaves, just use a juicer. It is pretty easy and fast too. Do not expect to get much juice from few papaya leaves, because you need to gather from at least two plants to extract at least over a glass of juice.
The juice you can make out of one plant is so little you need to get leaves from at least 2 papaya plants. Put the juice in a bottle, refrigerate, and let the patient drink while it is still fresh. I must tell you, it does not taste good.
Because I understand a fresh produce is great for healing, I immediately delivered it to the hospital and let my son drink it like water for that day. A few hours after, his platelet went up and the fever was gone! I was totally thankful to Mother Nature for such a natural cure.
The WHO estimated about 50 to 100 million cases of dengue fever each year. The mosquito gets the virus from biting an infected person and then transmit or spread it by biting another person.
The first symptom of the disease may appear after the infected mosquito bites a healthy person in about 5 to 7 days. Although dengue fever is rarely fatal, it can be an extraordinarily painful and disabling illness.
Supportive care is required for this self-limited illness. Now, talking about the papaya leaf extract, many published articles and testimonials mentioned its remarkably fast beneficial effects highlighting the patient’s duration of fever, short term hospital stay, and the rapid elevation of white blood cells and platelet counts.
The symptoms include high fever, rash, severe headache, nausea, vomiting, severe joint and muscle pain, itchy skin rashes, exhaustion, and pain between the eyes. The patient is also likely to develop swollen lymph nodes called lymphadenopathy.
Other signs are bleeding gums, red palms and soles, bleeding in the nose and gums, easy bruising, possible signs of hemorrhage, and black stool. The symptoms are more severe among people with compromised immune systems.
No wonder the papaya is called as the fruit of the angels by Christopher Columbus. It has musky undertones and soft, butter like consistency that provides incredibly high nutritional benefits.
The fruit as well as the other parts of the papaya tree, contains papain, which is an enzyme that helps digest proteins. The papain enzyme is especially concentrated in the fruit when it is not ripe yet.
The papain is extracted to make digestive enzyme dietary supplements. The papain from the papaya fruit is taken by mouth to help with digestion, treat hay fever, diarrhea, and runny nose. It is also taken to treat a skin condition called psoriasis.
Papaya leaf juice
Supportive care may be required for the dengue fever. It is believed that when your body is overheated from the dengue fever, the papaya leaf juice can make you feel better because of its cooling effect.
It reduces the level of heat and makes the fever go away. The juice has the ability to raise the platelet level.
The papaya leaf extract helps maintain a healthy blood platelet, aid digestion, and boost the immune system. The nutritional highlight is the proteolytic enzyme called papain, which is an excellent aid to digestion.
The papaya leaf contains a whole food natural enzyme that is so powerful it can digest an amazing 200 times its own weight in protein. It also contains the rare plant enzyme fibrin, which is an insoluble protein involved in blood clotting.
Heal without the pill, but of course, do not ignore the doctor’s orders. Papain contains substances that may help fight infection.
The amount and activity of papain isolated from the different parts of the papaya plant may vary depending on the age of the tree and whether it is male or female. Higher quantities of crude papain can be extracted from the female trees compared with the male trees and from the older fruits compared with the younger fruits.
However, the papain extracted from a young papaya fruit produced by the female trees typically is more active than that extracted from the old fruit produced by male or hermaphrodite plants.
Gather and clean the leaves of a male papaya plant. Extract the juice of the leaves.
You can use a juicer to do this. Chill to make it taste a little bit better.
You get an approximately one tablespoon of juice per papaya leaf. Use only the leafy part and not the stem or sap.
Administer the juice to the patient twice a day, preferably in the morning and evening for 5 consecutive days. The juice is very bitter, but it works.
What it does
In a few hours after drinking the papaya extract, the patient’s blood reports would show higher platelet count and white blood cell count.
Additional study is needed to confirm its potential activity against other viral diseases.
The study conducted by the Institute for Medical Research and Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah in Selangor, found that patients who were treated with the papaya leaf juice showed a significant rise in their platelet level after 40 hours of first receiving the juice.
A study was made in the emergency unit to investigate the potential of the carica papaya leaf extract as a cure against the dengue fever. A 45 year old patient declared to have a dengue fever was treated with papaya leaf extract in the Abottabad Medical Complex in Pakistan. His platelet went up after drinking the papaya leaf extract. The dengue attacks infected several people within the age 30 to 45 years old. It repeats every year and caused several deaths. The rise of the platelet count indicates the activity of the papaya leaf extract.
The papaya contains two important biologically active compounds chymopapain and the papain, which are widely used for digestive disorders.
The papaya derived papain, caricain, chymopapain and the glycine endopeptidase can improve acidic pH conditions and pepsin degradation.
The papaya leaf extract can raise the platelet. However, further study is recommended.
Ahmad, N., Fazal, H., Ayaz, M., Abbasi, B. H., Mohammad, I. & Fazal, L. (2011). Dengue fever treatment with carica papaya leaves extracts. Asian Pac J Trop Biomed, 1(4), pp. 330-333.
Subconscious Ascension. Dengue fever remedy.
The papaya leaf extract is a very safe and effective natural herbal alternative to treat dengue fever. One of the most relevant claim is its ability to revert low platelet counts to normal among patients with dengue fever. The platelet count is the predictor of the severity of the illness as well as the marker for vascular protein leakage and liver damage. The dengue virus can induce a low platelet count by suppressing the bone marrow via circulating interleukin levels produced by the activated immune cells. Several clinical researchers have tested and proven the preparations of the papaya leaf in increasing platelet counts.