Papaya Leaf an Alternative to quinine for Malaria

A credible journal, the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Disease, published this study on the effect of papaya leaf tea on malaria:

Antimalarial activity of Carica papaya (Family: Caricaceae) leaf extract against Plasmodium falciparum
K. Kovendan1*, K. Murugan1, C. Panneerselvam1, N. Aarthi1, P. Mahesh Kumar1, J. Subramaniam1, D. Amerasan1, K. Kalimuthu1, S. Vincent2
1Division of Entomology, Department of Zoology, School of Life Sciences, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore – 641 046, Tamil Nadu, India 2P.G. Research & Department of Advanced Zoology and Biotechnology, Loyola College, Nungambakkam, Chennai – 600 034, Tamil Nadu, India

“…In conclusion the overall, increasing the global spread of multi-drug resistant malaria parasite showed that there is a need for new chemotherapeutic agents to combat malaria. In the present study, to aiming the search of new anti-malarial drugs, in vitro anti-plasmodial activities of the plants C. papaya. Development of new active and safe drugs for the community is therefore an urgent need. Towards this goal, research into new antimalarial drugs from natural products, traditional healers use parts of many plants for the treatment of several pathologies, including malaria, and have done so for centuries. The use of plants can take into account their preservation because inadequate use of these plants could lead in terms to ecological disruption. These medicinal plants and their survival could be directly linked to our own behavior. These results confirm that extracts from leaves of these plants which displayed good activities against P. falciparum are suitable for their traditional use in the treatment of malaria.”


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