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My aunt is suffering from dengue and since three days of medication I didn't see any improvement.

Doctors are prescribing antibiotics and some pain killers and some medicines.

By the time I came to know about papaya juice and papaya leave gives a cure for dengue.

Until how much extent this medicine does work.

Is it true or not?

Please reply.



Dear Partha,

Papaya has a vast array of medicinal purposes.

In a paper published in the Feb. 17 issue of the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, researcher Nam Dang, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues in Japan documented for the first time that papaya leaf extract boosts the production of key signaling molecules called Th1-type cytokines.

This regulation of the immune system, in addition to papaya's direct antitumor effect on various cancers, suggests possible therapeutic strategies that use the immune system to fight cancers.

Papaya was shown to promote the production of Th1-type cytokines, important in the regulation of the immune system.

For that reason, the study findings raise the possibility of future use of papaya extract components in immune-related conditions such as inflammation, autoimmune disease and some cancers.

The findings of the study published online on 27 SEP 1999 by U.C. Chaturvedi, E.A. Elbishbishi, R. Agarwal, R. Raghupathy, R. Nagar, R. Tandon, A.S. Pacsa, O.I. Younis, and F. Azizieh show that dengue virus induced a predominant Th1-type cytokine response during the first 3 days of infection of PBL cultures that was replaced by a Th2-type response later.

You can find more information related to your question at:

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