Dengue fever is an infectious tropical disease caused by the dengue virus. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, and skin rashes. It also develops into life threatening dengue hemorrhagic fever, resulting in bleeding, low levels of blood platelets, where dangerously low blood pressure occurs. First symptom of disease appears in 5-7 days after the infected mosquito bites a healthy person.
Dengue is transmitted by several species of mosquitoes and the infection increases the risk of severe complications. There is no commercially available vaccine. Prevention is sought by reducing the habitat and the mosquitoes and limiting exposure to bites.
Treatment of dengue is supportive, using either oral or intravenous rehydration for mild or moderate disease, and intravenous fluids and blood transfusions for more severe cases. The incidence of dengue fever has increased since 1960’s with about 50 to 100 million people infected yearly. Many deaths have occurred due to dengue virus in recent times. As true to the saying “prevention is better than cure” health authorities carry out programs to eliminate mosquitoes by advising the public.
In Sri Lanka and India, Ayrvedic Researchers have found a miracle cure for dengue fever. The juice of Papaya leaves has been seen to arrest the destruction of platelets that has been the cause for so many deaths due to dengue. It has been found that enzymes in papaya leaf can fight a host of viral infections, not only dengue, and can help regenerate platelets and white blood cells. Large number of patients benefitted from papaya leaf juice. Papaya has always been known to be good for the digestive system It is rich in Vitamin and mineral content. But its dengue fighting properties have only recently been discovered. Experts have said that Chymopapin and papin enzymes in the papaya leaf help revive the platelet count. Papaya is rich in vitamins and minerals and its leaves having antimicrobial properties, and it can also enhance the immune system by improving the platelet function. Times of India under the title “Home cure for dengue death sting” has reported that Papaya leaf juice as a miracle for curing Dengue fever. The dengue fighting property of Papaya leaf was only discovered recently.
Papaya leaf juice has found to be a natural cure for dengue fever. Remedy is two pieces of raw papaya leaves. Clean the leaves and pound or blend them and squeeze with a filter cloth. You will get one tablespoonful of juice per leaf. Take two tablespoonfuls of raw papaya juice once a day for three days. Do not boil or cook or rinse the leaves in hot water, as it loses its strength. Only the leafy part of papaya plant, not the stem or sap should be used. The juice is very bitter and you have to swallow it. But it has worked on many dengue patients.
By drinking this papaya leaf juice many dengue patients have had remarkable improvement in their platelet count. Since Papaya leaf juice has potential benefits in treating dengue fever so it would be a good idea to check with a doctor and try this easy home remedy but according to his prescription. But as with cancer cure with herbal remedies, the multinational drug companies will try to prevent these remedies going to the public.
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