One of the biggest fears of any world traveler is getting sick or injured during a trip. The thought of being somewhere new, sometimes not knowing the language, is incredibly scary for many people and can often be what’s deterring them from traveling in the first place.
One way you can be ahead of the curve and be prepared for situations like this is to know what diseases are prevalent in the country you want to travel to, what their symptoms are, and ways that you can prevent/cure an illness. If you know what you could face ahead of time, it is going to help you a lot if you are subject to illness on a trip.
A viral disease that is found in many areas of the world is dengue fever. This is a devastating disease that can be fatal if not properly treated. Today we are going to walk you through exactly what dengue is, the signs for it, and how you can find a treatment through the use of papaya leaves.
What is Dengue?
Dengue is found in tropical or subtropical countries. It usually festers in poor areas, or out in the country. So where does it come from? As is the case with many diseases, dengue is borne from mosquitos that carry it and infect humans. Over the last 50 years, the number of dengue cases has grown immensely, and it is something not to be taken lightly. There are up to 50-100 million infections recorded every year.
Once bitten by a mosquito carrying the dengue virus, it incubates in the blood for 2 to 7 days; almost immediately the person has a fever. This can lead to extreme flu-like symptoms including a severe headache, pain in the eyes, vomiting, swelling of the glands, pain in the muscles, and a rash. The dengue virus can be easy to get over, however, in some cases it can lead to severe dengue which can be fatal. The symptoms of severe dengue are terrible pain in the abdomen, persistent vomiting, bleeding of the gums, and immense restlessness. It is crucial that if your dengue lasts longer than a week you directly seek medical attention. While there is no known cure at the moment for dengue, there are ways to prevent it that have been discovered and it comes right down to the use of papaya leaves.
The Use of Papaya Leaves
So, can papaya leaves actually cure dengue or at least prevent it? While doctors claim there is no real medicine for dengue, alternative medical practitioners have been using papaya leaves for years to treat patients who suffer from dengue. Papaya leaves are known to be able to kill the larvae of a mosquito who has dengue; they can prevent the destruction of the platelets in your blood; and can also increase the production of platelets. Dengue is known to attack your platelet count which is directly linked to dengue becoming fatal. Papaya leaves make the cell membranes of the body strong and awakes the genes that produce platelets. So how would you go about taking papaya leaves? Most of the time people other grind them up or juice them in order to prevent or treat dengue.
Papaya leaves aren’t just used for dengue. They have been valued for years for all of the medicinal components found within them. They can have huge benefits on the kidneys and the liver and can also fight against damage and inflammation of the cells. Papaya is also great to lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels in a person. They also contain both chymopapain and papain that help with digestive disorders.
Choose Between the Grinding or Juicing of Papaya Leaves
As we mentioned before, there is more than one way to take papaya leaves for your health. By just taking 1 spoonful of ground papaya leaves every 4 hours, it will increase the platelet count dramatically. You can also juice 50 grams of papaya leaves to be taken 15 minutes after breakfast for three straight days (this will take 40 hours to increase the platelet count).
Just like with all medicines, there can be side effects of taking papaya leaves, which is why it is crucial to consult with a doctor before taking them. This is incredibly important for pregnant women as papaya leaves have been known to have poor results on babies in the womb.
Does It Really Work?
Now that we have explained how you can use papaya leaves for dengue, you are probably asking, “Does this really work?” The answer is a resounding yes. There have been multiple studies and cases around the world about the direct ties between the papaya plant and the dengue virus. In every case, people who continually used papaya leaves were cured, and their symptoms vanished. This is something that works and the only way to truly know is to see it for yourself. There have been cases of people covered with a rash because of the virus, and within a few days of using papaya leaves, the rash disappeared, and the patient felt great.
As we stated before, no matter what, it is always top priority that you go directly to a doctor if you have symptoms of the dengue fever. This is not something to be taken lightly and it is crucial that you do not attempt to treat yourself. Doctors will be able to put you on the right road to recovery. The key with dengue is to stop it in its tracks before it grows to something far worse; the sooner you can catch it, the better your chances are.
Once the doctor sees you, make sure you ask them about the use of papaya leaves and if that could be good for the curing of the virus.