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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 263

Papaya and dengue

Department of Tropical Medicine, Hainan Medical University, China

Date of Web Publication6-May-2014

Correspondence Address:
Viroj Wiwanitkit
Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok, Thailand

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0257-7941.131993

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Wiwanitkit V. Papaya and dengue. Ancient Sci Life 2013;32:263

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Wiwanitkit V. Papaya and dengue. Ancient Sci Life [serial online] 2013 [cited 2023 Mar 21];32:263. Available from: https://www.ancientscienceoflife.org/text.asp?2013/32/4/263/131993


The recent article on papaya and dengue is very interesting. [1] The possible property of papaya to increase platelet count and its possible clinical usefulness in dengue management should be further discussed. In fact, dengue is a tropical infection that is highly prevalent in Southeast and South Asia. There is still no specific drug for management of dengue. In fact, there are several recent reports showing clinical usefulness of papaya for dengue. A good case report was firstly published by Ahmad et al. [2] A further standard clinical trial by Subenthiran et al. also confirmed the clinical usefulness of papaya for dengue patients. [3] The efficacy of papaya extract for increasing platelet count is confirmed in those reports. [2],[3] Furthermore, a recent report by Senthilvel et al. also reported an additional finding on the antiviral property of papaya. [4] Nevertheless, for actual application of papaya for management of dengue patients, there are several points to be discussed. First, the required dosage of papaya is still a myth. Most reports used papaya extract without exact quantification. Indeed, in Thailand and Laos, where the highest prevalence of dengue can be seen, the local population routinely ingest papaya, but the problem of dengue is still highly prevalent.

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1.Manohar PR. Papaya, dengue fever and Ayurveda. Anc Sci Life 2013;32:131-3.  Back to cited text no. 1
2.Ahmad N, Fazal H, Ayaz M, Abbasi BH, Mohammad I, Fazal L. Dengue fever treatment with Carica papaya leaves extracts. Asian Pac J Trop Biomed 2011;1:330-3.  Back to cited text no. 2
3.Subenthiran S, Choon TC, Cheong KC, Thayan R, Teck MB, Muniandy PK, et al. Carica papaya leaves juice significantly accelerates the rate of increase in platelet count among patients with dengue fever and dengue haemorrhagic fever. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 2013;2013:616737.  Back to cited text no. 3
4.Senthilvel P, Lavanya P, Kumar KM, Swetha R, Anitha P, Bag S, et al. Flavonoid from Carica papaya inhibits NS2B-NS3 protease and prevents Dengue 2 viral assembly. Bioinformation 2013;9:889-95.  Back to cited text no. 4


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