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Question:

Sir, I am having low platelet count, which causes the ITP.

I have seen in one of the Question answer in internet that "If we drink the papaya leaf Juice then it will help to increase the platelet count"

Please suggest whether it is true or not.

Thank you.

Debi

Answer:

Dear Debi,

Following up a popular use of crude leaf preparations from Carica papaya for the treatment of dengue infections, a suspension of powdered Carica papaya leaves in palm oil was investigated for its effect on thrombocyte counts in mice, administering by gavage 15 mg of powdered leaves per kg body weight to 5 mice.

In the investigation developed by Kathiresan Sathasivam1, Surash Ramanathan, Sharif M. Mansor, Mas Rosemal M. H. Haris and Walther and H. Wernsdorfer, equal numbers of animals received corresponding volumes of either palm oil alone or physiological saline solution.

Thrombocyte counts before and at 1, 2, 4, 8, 10, 12, 24, 48 and 72 hours after dosing revealed significantly higher mean counts at 1, 2, 4, 8, 10 and 12 after dosing with the C. papaya leaf formulation as compared to the mean count at hour 0.

There was only a non-significant rise of thrombocyte counts in the group having received saline solution, possibly the expression of a normal circadian rhythm in mice.

The group having received palm oil only showed a protracted increase of platelet counts that was significant at hours 8 and 48 and obviously the result of a hitherto unknown stimulation of thrombocyte release.

The results call for a dose-response investigation and for extending the studies to the isolation and identification of the C. papaya substances responsible for the release and/or production of thrombocytes.

Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is the condition of having a low platelet count (thrombocytopenia) of no known cause (idiopathic).

The leaves of the papaya fruit are high in complex vitamins that may help your bone marrow to increase blood platelet production rapidly.

Recently there has been a lot written about papaya leaves that seem to prove itself as a cure to dengue fever.

In Malaysia, where dengue fever is very common, many people take papaya leave juice to increase platelet count when they get dengue fever.

The following are statements of people regarding papaya leaves and platelet count :

...........one of her church members fed her the juice from raw papaya leaves and her platelet count went up from 8 to 120 (the normal platelet count is 150) after taking the juice for 2 days.

...........I have given papaya leaf juice to people with low platelets, and amazing results came out of it, even in cases of thalassemia, dengue, cancer, after pregnancy and to females who have profuse bleeding at the time of their periods. It has even worked for fatigue and as a memory booster.

............He confessed to me that he gave his son raw juice of the papaya leaves. From a platelet count of 45 after 20 liters of blood transfusion, and after drinking the raw papaya leaf juice, his platelet count jumps instantly to 135. Even the doctors and nurses were surprised. After the second day he was discharged. So he asked me to pass this good news around


.............After taking the papaya leaf juice, my friends' blood platelets count increased rapidly and they were out of the hospital within days. One of them reported their platelets count at a dangerous level of only 8 (normal count is 150 and above). One week after she was discharged, her platelets count shot up to above 300.

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