Papaya Leaf Juice As a Zika Virus Treatment
Modern medicine has no drug-based treatment for the Zika virus. Patients are usually advised to rest and get plenty of fluids. Thereís not much more doctors can do for them.
This recent news article caught my attention though. Scientists at the University of Technology in Malaysia say they have formulated a successful treatment for dengue fever based on papaya leaf extract. They also believe the product would treat patients with the Zika virus as well.
Papaya leaf medicineDoctor Harisun, from the University, said the treatment should stop either virus from spreading further into the patientís immune system. While not extensively tested with Zika, it does make sense.
Scientists consider Zika virus to be closely related to dengue, both are spread by the same Aedes aegypti mosquito, they causes similar symptoms and both viruses are known to cause a dramatic drop in blood platelet counts.
Papaya leaf juice treatment works by increasing blood platelet count and supporting the bodyís immune system. Iíve recently have personal experience of just how powerful it can be as a treatment for viral disease and detailed my experience in this article on using papaya leaf for dengue.
The Malaysian Ministry of Health now recommends papaya leaf juice as a natural treatment for dengue fever. This came after random controlled trials showed a significant increase in blood platelet count and improved recovery time for those receiving papaya leaf juice.
Of particular importance here is the recent statement by scientists that they are close to linking paralyzing Guillain Barre syndrome to persistent Zika virus infection. Given that there is no effective pharmaceutical option, wouldnít using papaya leaf juice as a natural treatment for Zika be prudent, especially when thereís a chance of developing serious illness like Guillain Barre?
Ahead Iíll cover how to use papaya leaf juice as a homemade treatment for Zika, but first an important warning for women
Precaution for Women with Zika
Unfortunately, papaya leaf juice cannot be recommended as a Zika treatment for women who are pregnant or trying to be. The enzyme papain found abundantly in papaya leaf, papaya seeds and green papaya is known to induce miscarriages and could be dangerous to an unborn baby.
Other natural antivirals like garlic and grapefruit seed extract, as well as diatomaceous earth, have been suggested for Zika by some sources, but papaya leaf or other sources of papain cannot be recommended for pregnant women concerned about Zika infection.
Preparing Papaya Leaf for Zika Treatment
This preparation method is based on one commonly used for dengue. As the zika outbreak is so new, there is not the same positive feedback on using papaya leaf juice for zika that you would find for dengue fever.
As noted above though, the viruses are spread by the same mosquito, present similar symptoms and scientists recognize that they are closely related. The action of papaya leaf juice in increasing blood platelet count is also generally accepted by all but those who dogmatically believe only in pharmaceuticals.
Papaya Leaf Zika TreatmentIf you do choose to use this papaya leaf treatment then check with your doctor or use at your own risk. It has helped many people with dengue and in theory should help recovery from the Zika virus as well but may not be appropriate for everyone.
Aside from the warning for pregnant women above, please check other potential side effects of papaya enzymes here, particularly if you have a latex allergy or you are on blood thinning medications.
The Institute of Soft Tissue Release
May 21, 2015 ∑
Caribbean People Look Out For ZIKV! -
Today let's talk about a virus that may be on it's way to Jamaica. The Zika virus. The Zika virus or ZIKV is a virus related to yellow fever, dengue, West Nile, and Japanese encephalitis viruses; however, ZIKV produces a comparatively mild disease in humans. It was first isolated from an infected rhesus monkey in the Zika Forest of Uganda in 1947. Symptoms are similar to Dengue fever, but are milder in form and usually last four to seven days. Common symptoms include a skin rash that starts on the face or trunk before moving to the rest of the body, conjunctivitis (or pink eye), joint pain, low-grade fevers and headache. Transmission is via the bite of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. However there is an instance of human-to-human transmission thought to have been either by saliva or sexual transmission reported in April, 2011 by a university biologist bitten by mosquitoes while performing research in Senegal. There is no dedicated medication for this virus and so prevention is the best defense. Cover up exposed skin by wearing long-sleeve shirts, long pants, and hats. Rub any exposed areas with clove bud oil since mosquitoes hate the smell of it. In my opinion it is essential to strengthen the immune system. This where white blood cells come in. White blood cells (WBCs), also called leukocytes, are the cells of the immune system that are involved in defending the body against both infectious disease and foreign invaders. It just so happens that papaya leaves are quite remarkable at boosting white blood cells. Papaya leaf juice contains over 50 active ingredients some of which inhibit microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, worms, parasites and many forms of cancer cells. To prepare papaya leaf juice for internal use, select young papaya leaves. Wash thoroughly then crush the leaves using a wooden mortar and pestle. Next, squeeze out the juice by wringing it through a thin cloth. Now add a tablespoon of the papaya leaf juice to a glass of water and drink.