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Dengue: an escalating problem

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 29 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1563

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

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

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 ( ) or .

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: No competing interests

14 July 2011
Sanath Hettige
Consultant Family Physician
Coordinator for MD in Family Medicine For the Post Graduate Institute Medicine University of Colom