EFFECT OF PAPAYA LEAF JUICE ON PLATELET AND WBC COUNT IN DENGUE FEVER: A CASE REPORT

  • Deepak BSR SDM COLLEGE OF AYURVEDA, B.M.ROAD, THANNIRUHALLA, HASSAN-573201
  • Girish KJ Professor, Dept of Kayachikitsa, SDMCA, Hassan
  • Lakshmiprasad L Jadhav Associate Professor, Dept of Kayachikitsa, SDMCA, Hassan
Keywords: Ayurveda, dengue fever, papaya leaf juice, platelet count, dengue hemorrhagic fever

Abstract

Dengue fever caused by dengue viruses (dengue 1–4) having Aedes aegypti mosquito as their principal vector, causes symptoms such as sudden onset of fever, headache, retro-orbital pain  and back pain along with severe myalgia due to which dengue fever is also known as “break-bone fever.” Laboratory findings include leukopenia, thrombocytopenia and in many cases, serum aminotransferase elevations. dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) or dengue shock syndrome (DSS) may occur as a complication of dengue fever.A pilot study and a randomized controlled trial showed that administration of papaya leaf juice was beneficial in dengue patients in elevating the total white cell counts and platelet counts. Based on this report, a dengue patient with thrombocytopenia and leukopenia was treated in a tertiary Ayurveda hospital. The patient was administered papaya leaf juice in the dose of 25 ml twice daily along with conventional line of management for a period of eight days. There was remarkable improvement in the subjective symptoms and the white blood cell count and platelet count were restored to normalcy.

Author Biography

Deepak BSR, SDM COLLEGE OF AYURVEDA, B.M.ROAD, THANNIRUHALLA, HASSAN-573201
Department of Kayachikitsa; PG Scholar

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Published
2013-08-16