Papaya Leaf extract has been touted as an effective treatment for Dengue fever. However, in this age of whatsapp where false information is abound, I wanted to check the veracity of the claim. For this purpose, I referred an article by  The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). The article can be read here :Dengue fever treatment with Carica papaya leaves extracts

In this article, I will break down the NCBI article into easily readable and understandable format.

Before we start, there are a few terms to understand:

White Blood Cells (WBC): White Blood Cells are cells of the immune system. In layman terms, they are the soldiers who will defend your body against diseases and pathogens.

Neutrophils (NEUT): Neutrophils are a category of White Blood Cells (WBC). If WBC are soldiers, NEUTs are the rapid action forces of your body, arriving withing minutes of injury or infection.

Platelet (PLT): Platelts are disc shaped cells in the blood, whose main function is to stop bleeding, by clotting blood vessel injuries.

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Now, continuing with the observation by NCBI. NCBI recorded the patient’s Platelets,WBC and NEUT count before and after administering Papaya leaf extract. The findings are below:

 Blood Component Count BeforeCount AfterPercentage Increase
 Platelets (PLT) 55×103/µL 168×103/µL 205.45%
 White Blood Cells (WBC)  3.7×103/µL 7.7×103/µL 108.1%
 Neutrophils (NEUT) 46%78.3%32.3%

From the information above, it becomes clear, without the slightest doubt, that Papaya leaf extract is very effective in boosting the immune system, which helps the body fight against diseases. Further more, the extract is highly effective when used against any viral disease.

Method of preparation: 

  1. Take two fresh Papaya leaves, and wash them thoroughly.
  2. Crush or Grind the leaves using a rolling stone or miser/juicer (mix water).
  3. Collect the juice in a clean vessel.


Feed 25ml of this juice to the patient, every day, morning and evening. If the taste is too bitter, mix a spoon of honey or sugar to sweeten it.

So, next time you see someone down with any viral disease, share this information with them!