Papaya Leaf for the Natural and Affordable War on TB

A recent article in Aljazeera documents the desperate poverty, a shortage of funding for TB medication, and developing resistance to TB drugs in Madagascar.

Madagascar: The vulnerability to tuberculosis

New research in India has shown the potential of papaya leaf for its effect on TB.

“…By using alamar blue dye assay and in-vitro bioassay based on inactivation of viability by a procedure similar to neutralization test were used to study the inhibition of Mycobacterium tuberculosis which shows anti-tb activity against clinical strains of sensitive and drug resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis (pyrazinamide, streptomycin, ciprofloxacin). The present results are possibly one of the first few investigations showing a clear indication of the potent anti-tubercular effect of carica papaya.”

Naga Swathi Sree Kavuri, Sravani Yangalasetti, Venkata Rao Vutla. Anti-tubercular Activity of Leaf and Seed Extract of Carica papaya. Inventi Rapid: Planta Activa, 2016(1): 1-3, 2015

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