Dengue: an escalating problem

Re:Papaya leaves for speedy rise of platelet count in Dengue

14 July 2011

Dear editor: After my first published article, on the effect of Carica papaya leaf juice on dengue fever patient in Sri Lanka Family Physician - 2008, 29, 17-19 and details about this research in the independent medical association news letter of Srilanka , there was a wide publicity to these findings in the local and international media. This resulted in many patients using this simple herbal remedy on their own when they were diagnosed as having dengue fever. Many patients under my care living in and around my medical clinic (Maharagama - Sri Lanka) took this treatment on their own accord and I had the opportunity of observing the effects of Carica Papaya leaf juice on about 60 dengue positive patients which included Hospitalized patients- including 10 treated in the Medical ICU.

All these patients have consumed Carica papay leaf juice on their own accord with the permission of their attending physician. I was able to get all the information of these patients using an especially design data collecting form, with the permission of the patient. In this ongoing observational study which is not published yet, I have observed that Carica Papaya leaf juice brings speedy recovery to dengue patients with great beneficial effects.

The first published article in Sri Lanka Family Physician - 2008, 29, 17- 19 is available on the College of General Practitioners of Sri Lanka WEB ( http://www.cgpsl.org/ ) or http://cgpsl.org/downloads/pdf_cgpsl/7.pdf .

The information available in this study will be very useful to the medical community. I will be happy and have no objection for publishing.

Competing interests: None declared

Sanath Hettige, Consultant Family Physician

Coordinator for MD in Family Medicine For the Post Graduate Institute Medicine University of Colom

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