Dengue and drawbacks of marketed Carica papaya leaves supplements

Palanirajan Vijayaraj Kumar


Aim: This review is mainly focused on describing deadly disease, dengue and the main drawbacks related to marketing Carica papaya leaves supplements. Materials and Methods: Information was collected from various published research, review articles, web pages, and other online databases related to the topic. Dengue is a deadly viral disease and it has affected 40% of the world population. It can be transmitted by mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti) infected with one of the four dengue virus serotypes. Due to this complex virus serotype, there is no particular therapeutic treatment for dengue. Therefore, despite of the severity and deadly effects of dengue, vaccines are not available. Results and Discussion: As a result, the use of herbal supplementary medicines has been increased in passing time. The supplements of C. papaya leaves have shown promising prospect due to the platelet increasing property. However, the manufacturing techniques used in several marketed C. papaya leaves formulations can degrade the active phytochemicals, which will suppress the beneficial effects of the supplements. Conclusion: There is a need to improve the old herbal formulations for the current crisis. Therefore, the drawbacks of marketing C. papaya leaves supplements need to be modernized for better patient care.

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