What is you biggest fear before going on a trip? Is it the flight? What about forgetting your passport or getting lost? One of the most common fears of a traveler is getting injured, contracting a disease or being sick in a foreign country. You may be surrounded by people who do not speak your language and it can be frightening if something goes wrong.
If you are traveling to a tropical country, there are a lot of diseases to be aware of. One of the most common ones is dengue. Dengue has affected a lot of people around the world and can sometimes lead to death if not properly taken care of. Did you know that one way to treat dengue fever is through the use of the papaya plant?
What Is Dengue?
So, to understand exactly the correlation between the papaya plant and dengue fever, you first have to understand what exactly dengue is and how you can contract it. The dengue virus is serious, and for over the past decade the number of cases has steadily increased. It is becoming more common, especially among travelers who are going to tropical or subtropical countries. Dengue fever thrives in these climates, and there are multiple cases around Southeast Asia and throughout South America as well. It has been said that over half the world’s population has been exposed to dengue fever and while it may not seem like much at first, it can lead to something extremely fatal.
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So where does it come from? As is the case with a lot of fever viruses, dengue comes from mosquitos who are the primary carriers of this disease. Once a human is bitten by a “dengue” mosquito, the virus enters the bloodstream and it has begins to circulate through the body. The mosquito gets the virus through biting a human who already has dengue, and the cycle continues.
So how do you know if you have dengue? The first symptoms are usually a high fever with a terrible headache. If you have gotten the flu, the symptoms are very much the same. You may feel nausea, which can lead to vomiting, and you usually will feel an overall achiness throughout the body. If you start to feel any of these symptoms while on a trip in a tropical country, you need to get to the doctor right away. In the first week of having dengue, it is not fatal, and can easily be cured. However, if you prolong it, it has the ability to get worse and turn into what doctors call “severe dengue.” Once in this stage, the headache and fever will worsen, you will start vomiting blood, and it can lead to fatal results. The key is to never get that far in the cycle of dengue, and to find a way to bring the body back to health.
This is where papaya leaves play a big part in the prevention and treatment of dengue.
The Papaya Plant
One of the scary things about dengue is that there is no “known cure” for the viral disease. Doctors say there is no medicine you can take that directly heals dengue, however, many have found that through the use of papaya plants it can prevent dengue and help heal someone who has it.
Papaya plants are known for increasing the platelet count in the body. Dengue attacks your platelets and also drops the white blood cell levels in the body. However, numerous cases show that by taking papaya, it reverses the usual progression of dengue fever. The papaya leaf can build up the immune system of the body and makes the cell membranes stronger while being attacked by the virus. This is a natural remedy used in places that suffer from dengue fever and people have found that it really works.
Different Methods of Taking Papaya
Now that you know the amazing results of taking papaya and how it directly correlates to decreasing the risk of dengue, you need to learn how to take it. There are multiple ways to ingest papaya and we have gathered several methods that you can try.
The first way to take papaya is to take your papaya leaves (medium sized should do the trick) and dry them out after thoroughly washing them. Once dry, cut them into smaller pieces and put them in a pan with 2 liters of water. Bring them to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer. Wait until the water is reduced by half and then strain the resulting liquid into a glass. Now you have a perfect papaya extract that you can drink or mix into something.
Another way to take papaya is to eat the ripe fruit every day. This is usually the most common way to eat papaya and usually the most delicious. You can also make juices or smoothies with it, to enhance flavor and boost your health. If you do have dengue, drink papaya juice 2-3 times a day, and watch your fever go down.
If you want to get it straight from the source, simply take some papaya leaves and crush them up. This will create a juice extract that you can drink direct 2 times a day (only 2 tablespoons). This tastes awful, is extremely bitter, but is 100% healthy.
One thing to note is that taking papaya is not for everyone, especially pregnant women. This is why we always recommend first and foremost to seek the advice of a doctor before trying anything yourself. If you are traveling and begin to feel flu-like symptoms, you need to go to the local clinic right away as you want to catch dengue in the beginning phase. The longer you let it linger, the worse it can be. The good news is that the papaya plant is a great treatment to help you get better in no time.