Dengue cases in the
rise up at a very high level. The Department of Health (DoH) has recorded a 40% jump in dengue cases in the 1st 6 months of 2010 compared to the same period last year. Philippines
Based on available data, DoH said 25,283 cases have been recorded between January 1 and June 26 this year. Death cases also rapidly increase. People are trying anything they can do to prevent and cure dengue. Previously I have mention here the plant called mangagaw or tawa that said to help cure dengue. In our place mangagaw or tawa is used as juice to prevent dengue specially during symptoms of fever.
Below is an article posted in the abs-cbnNEWS.com titled Can fruits really cure dengue? Posted at 07/19/2010 7:41 PM | Updated as of 07/21/2010 10:26 AM.
Dr. Sanath Hettige, who conducted the research on 70 dengue fever patients, said papaya leaf juice helps increase white blood cells and platelets, normalizes clotting, and repairs the liver.
Speaking to Sri Lankan news agency Lankapuvath, Hettige said these are the main aspects of the body that are affected by dengue fever.
There is a condition to this remedy, however.
According to Hettige, the papaya leaf juice will not be as effective during the final stages of dengue fever since, by then, the patient's organs are already badly affected by the disease.
Given this, he suggested that patients consume the remedy as early as possible.
Hettige said adults should consume 10 ml of fresh papaya leaf juice (without water, salt or sugar) twice a day, along with their prescribed medication, to get its full effect.
Kids aged between 5 and 12, meanwhile, were asked to take in 5 ml 2 times a day.
Here's how to make papaya leaf juice, as told by Hettige to Lankapuvath:
1. Take fresh, mature leaves from a papaya tree. Leaves from the "Red Lady" papaya (papaw) variety are more effective.
2. Wash the leaves with clean water.
3. Crush the leaves in a pestle, without water or salt.
4. Squeeze the crushed leaves to extract the juice.
Durian also a cure?
Durian, known for its distinct taste and odor, is also rumored to be a cure for dengue fever. Like papaya leaves, durian is said to do wonders to a patient's platelet count.
In a hospital in
, several dengue patients are consuming the fruit in hopes of recovering from the disease, a local newspaper reported over the weekend. Davao City
The Department of Health, however, said that no study has been conducted yet on the efficacy of durian on dengue fever cases.
"There's no established proof yet," Dr. Jo-anne Lobo, specialist in infectious diseases among children, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Dengue fever is an acute illness caused by a bite of a striped Aedes aegypti mosquito. In the
, dengue fever outbreaks usually occur during the rainy season, or from June to September. Philippines
Common symptoms include fever, headache, rashes, severe muscle pain, and a drop in platelet count. In extreme cases, hemorrhaging and death can follow.
These are all result of peoples initiative to help fight dengue. Specially there is no specific cure for dengue.