Herbal reme­dies for dengue fever

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I’m sup­posed to write Part 3 of the Dilemma of Go Negosyo Act this week as a con­tin­u­a­tion of Part II ap­pear­ing last week in this col­umn. Due to the in­creas­ing num­ber of peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the ini­tial symp­toms of dengue fever nowa­days (like sud­den onset of re­cur­ring fever, body aches, headaches, mus­cle pains, and a skin rash that closely re­sem­bles measles) – I am de­fer­ring for next week Part III of the dis­cus­sion of Go Negosyo Act. And in­stead share with the read­ers of this col­umn the heal­ing power to cure dengue fever of some herbal reme­dies. Con­sid­er­ing that there is no vac­ci­na­tion for dengue fever. Also, an­tibi­otic can­not treat dengue fever since dengue fever is caused by virus.

Many of us know that dengue fever is con­tracted from the bite of an in­fected/ striped Aedes ae­gypti mos­quito that has pre­vi­ously bit­ten an in­fected per­son (a mos­quito be­comes in­fected when it bites a per­son with dengue fever in their blood). Many do not know that just one mos­quito bite can in­flict dengue fever. Dengue fever can­not also be spread di­rectly from one per­son to an­other per­son. But rather from one per­son-to­mosquito-to an­other per­son.

As a pub­lic ser­vice, I am shar­ing with you two herbal home reme­dies for dengue fever that is al­ready known to many to fa­mil­iar­ize and ac­quaint oth­ers of the cu­ra­tive ef­fect of herbal reme­dies:

One is camote (kamote), sweet potato, yam. They’re one and the same. This is a plant that was in­tro­duced dur­ing the Span­ish pe­riod to our coun­try. Camote which is a na­tive to trop­i­cal Amer­ica is sci­en­tif­i­cally known as Ipodis­eases moea batatas.

Here in our coun­try, camote is a pop­u­lar plant ba­si­cally for its edi­ble root and its leaves. The young leaves are known as camote tops.

Some years ago, my sis­ter who is a med­i­cal doc­tor who prac­tised in the United States for more than 35 years told me that she had re­ceived e-mail tes­ti­monies from her friends in US about the mirac­u­lous heal­ing of camote leaves to cure dengue fever. The af­flicted chil­dren of my sis­ter’s friends in the US just ate camote tops the night be­fore and the next day, their platelet count which con­tin­ued to drop rose to nor­mal level – (an adult has a nor­mal platelet count of about 150,000 to 450,000 platelets per mi­cro­liter).

Co­in­ci­den­tally too, a friend of mine told me that her young child with symp­toms of dengue fever was also fed “blended” camote leaves. Next day, the child’s platelet count went up to nor­mal level and was im­me­di­ately healed.

Two years ago when my grand­son was hav­ing the ini­tial symp­toms of dengue fever for four days. Lab­o­ra­tory tests also showed that his platelet count was low and got lower the next day. I im­me­di­ately tried the camote treat­ment by blend­ing the camote leaves and my grand­son con­sumed one big pitcher for one day. Un­be­liev­ably, his drop­ping platelet count in­cred­i­bly rose to nor­mal level the next day.

Just last week, I ad­vised a friend of mine who was hav­ing re­cur­ring fever and headache for four days to drink the juice of boiled camote leaves (one pitcher for one whole day). The next day, my friend was up and well. She al­ready went to Of­fice.

For those hav­ing the symp­toms of dengue fever, I am not ad­vis­ing you to drop what­ever for­mal medicine you are presently tak­ing as ad­vised by your doc­tors. Prob­a­bly, you can take the camote juice as a sup­ple­ment. No harm.

The other herbal rem­edy for dengue fever is pa­paya leaves. I have been hear­ing from many of my friends about the cu­ra­tive ef­fect of pa­paya leaves. For ver­i­fi­ca­tion, I re­searched in the in­ter­net and this is the in­for­ma­tion that I found:“While the plant’s leaf of pa­paya is well known for its cu­ra­tive prop­er­ties in like malaria and can­cer, Dr Sanath Het­tige, a gen­eral physi­cian in Sri Lanka, found that the juice of young leaves can be used to treat dengue. His pa­per was pub­lished in the Sri Lankan Jour­nal of Fam­ily Physi­cians in 2008.

“The young leaves from a fruit bear­ing pa­paya plant should be used. Ac­cord­ing to Dr Het­tige, the leaves of the Red Lady pa­paya plant (found com­monly in In­dia) are more ef­fec­tive. The im­por­tant fact is that one should choose leaves that are not too old, nei­ther too young. Now, take only the leafy part and not the stalk and wash them well with wa­ter. Crush the leaves us­ing a wooden mor­tar and pestle with­out any ad­di­tives like wa­ter, salt or sugar. Once they are crushed, squeeze out the juice with clean hands and drink it two times a day. Do not add any salt or sugar to the drink. Ac­cord­ing to Dr Het­tige, an adult should have 10 ml of the juice twice a day (or at eight hour in­ter­vals), chil­dren be­tween the age of five and 12 should have 5 ml of the juice twice a day and those be­low 10 years of age should be given 2.5ml of the juice.

“Ac­cord­ing to Dr Sanath, it is best the pa­tient start hav­ing the juice as early as pos­si­ble. This means that when they no­tice the first symp­toms of dengue fever (when their platelets show a de­cline in num­bers be­low 150000 cu mm or when the packed cell vol­ume goes above 10%). It is also ben­e­fi­cial at later stages, but if the con­di­tion has pro­gressed and has led to or­gan fail­ure, the juice is not very ef­fec­tive. You may also like to read about th­ese 5 amaz­ing tips to im­prove your im­mu­nity.” (Ref­er­ence: http:// www.the­health­site.com/dis­easescon­di­tions/can-pa­paya-leaves-helpcure-dengue/)

Hope­fully, many of my read­ers will find this ar­ti­cle in­for­ma­tive. If this is so, I hope they will share this ar­ti­cle with oth­ers es­pe­cially those who can­not af­ford the cost of ex­pen­sive tra­di­tional medicine.

Have a joy­ful day! (For com­ments/re­ac­tions please send to Ms. Vil­la­fuerte’s email: vil­la­fuerte_nelly@ya­hoo.com).

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