Scientists from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad tested papaya leaf cure on a 45 year old man with dengue fever.
Document heading doi:10.1016/S2221-1691(11)60055-5
Dengue fever treatment with Carica papaya leaves extracts
Nisar Ahmad1, 2*, Hina Fazal 1, 3, Muhammad Ayaz4, Bilal Haider Abbasi1, Ijaz Mohammad5, Lubna Fazal5
1Faculty of Biological Sciences, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad 45320, Pakistan
2Nuclear Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Tarnab, Peshawar 25000, Pakistan
3Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) Laboratories Complex, Peshawar 25000, Pakistan 4Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Peshawar, Peshawar 25000, Pakistan
5Postgraduate Medical Institute (PGMI), Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar 25000, Pakistan
Received 28 February 2011
Received in revised form 20 March 2011 Accepted 6 April 2011
Available online 30 April 2011
The main objective of the current study is to investigate the potential of Carica papaya leaves extracts against Dengue fever in 45 year old patient bitten by carrier mosquitoes. For the treatment of Dengue fever the extract was prepared in water. 25 mL of aqueous extract of C. papaya leaves was administered to patient infected with Dengue fever twice daily i.e. morning and evening for five consecutive days. Before the extract administration the blood samples from patient were analyzed. Platelets count (PLT), White Blood Cells (WBC) and Neutrophils (NEUT) decreased from 176暳103/毺L, 8.10暳103/毺L, 84.0% to 55暳103/毺L, 3.7暳103/毺L and 46.0%. Subsequently, the blood samples were rechecked after the administration of leaves extract. It was observed that the PLT count increased from 55暳103/毺L to 168暳103/毺L, WBC from 3.7暳103/毺L to 7.7暳103/毺L and NEUT from 46.0% to 78.3%. From the patient feelings and blood reports it showed that Carica papaya leaves aqueous extract exhibited potential activity against Dengue fever. Furthermore, the different parts of this valuable specie can be further used as a strong natural candidate against viral diseases.
-The Asian Journal of Tropical Biomedicine