SUNGAI PETANI (Bernama) – The use of papaya leaves as an alternative treatment to increase blood platelets has shown positive sign that it could be used to treat dengue fever.
Prior to this, several medical institutions have conducted research on papaya leaves to determine their effectiveness to treat a variety of diseases including diabetes.
However, it was discovered the leaves were more suitable to treat dengue fever.
“We began the research in 2008. We wanted to determine how the papaya leaf worked to increase (blood) platelet on mice.
“Based on our finding in the pre-clinical test, within four hours, the platelet count on each mouse rose three times higher. Papaya leaf has lots of enzymes which help increase blood platelet.
“This research was actually published in The Middle European Journal of Medicine in 2009, and it was actually a foundation for people to work on,” AIMST University researcher Dr V S Kathiresan told Bernama when met at the university near here.
He said, although the research was conducted earlier and announced via the media, not many people were bold enough to use the papaya leaf as it was not clinically proven to be effective.
“Our earlier research did not involve the public but now, it’s clinically proven. There was no continuation (after the early research) because pre-clinical tests dealt with mice and there was no problem.
“However, when tested on humans, there are certain regulations which need to be dealt with,” he added.
Dr Kathiresan said using the papaya leaf to treat denggue fever was easy as the leaves were readily available and no complicated process was involved.