Research proves efficacy of papaya leave extract for dengue patients
Paper published in an international research magazine claims rise in platelet count after intake of extract
A team of researchers of Uttarakhand Ayurveda University (UAU) have claimed that the extract of papaya leaves helps in increasing the platelet count in the dengue patients. The university is now working in the direction of preparing a medicine of the papaya extract and registering for patent of the medicine.
The efficacy of papaya leaves in increasing platelet count has been claimed by many Ayurveda practitioners in the past. However, it is for the first time that the findings of a research work on papaya leave extract have been published in an international magazine.
The senior Ayurveda doctor of faculty of Ayurveda of Uttarakhand Ayurveda University ( UAU), Dr Navin Joshi said that a research team consisting of senior scientist of bio-medical department of UAU, Dr Dipak Kumar Semwal, Dr Ashutosh Chauhan, Ankit Kumar and Sonali Aswal besides himself has been working on a project to study the effect of papaya leaves. The research is being guided by the vice- chancellor ( VC) UAU, Abhimanyu Kumar.
Joshi further said that the study had shown that the extract of the papaya helps in preventing blood clot in the mice. He added that the extract also helps in increasing the platelet count in the people having less count of platelet. The findings of the study have been published by a research magazine ‘Current Traditional Medicines Magazine’.
Joshi claimed that the papaya extract has been found effective for the patients who regularly take medicines like Aspirin to make the blood less concentrated.
The findings of the research have assumed significance as dengue hits the population during the rainy season.
Dengue is a viral infection spread by the mosquito Aedes Aezypti popularly known as Tiger Mosquito. The symptoms of the disease are persistent high fever, rashes, headache and pain in the joints. In the acute cases, the platelets number plummet drastically which may prove fatal for the patient. In Uttarakhand, the disease is more prevalent in Dehradun, Haridwar and Udham Singh Nagar districts.
Tuesday, 29 January 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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