With the city in the grip of viral fevers and infections, seeking the benefits of traditional healing herbs is a growing trend. Many of them have been found to ease complications and recovery. Among these are papaya leaf, Giloe and Tulsi.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that the extract of raw papaya leaf helps to boost platelets, also known as thrombocytes and relieve symptoms. Recent studies have shown the effect of papaya leaf juice in curing dengue fever. It seems that this bitter green juice is promising without posing any serious ill-effects. Interestingly, papaya leaf has also been found to possess powerful anti-malarial and anti-cancer properties.
A study showed that papaya leaf consists of over 50 active ingredients found to kill fungi, worms, parasites, bacteria, and many forms of cancer cells. Papaya leaves also contain important nutrients that support the immune system, including vitamins A, C, and E. Papain is an important enzyme in papaya leaves that breaks down proteins naturally and aids digestion.
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For dengue fever, it is suggested that the papaya juice is extracted by crushing and sieving fresh leaves of papaya. One leaf of papaya gives about one tablespoon of juice. Two tablespoons of papaya leaf juice are given to dengue patients three times per day after a six-hour interval.
Giloe, also known as Guduchi, (a plant which protects from diseases), enjoys the reputation of being one of the most famous medicinal plants used in the treatment of a large number of ailments. Giloe too has been reported to help treat dengue in early stages without any side-effects. It has been reported to increase the platelets in a significant manner and lower the body temperature. Giloe, known as Rasayana plant in Ayurveda, has been reported to enhance resistance and promote longevity. Tulsi, the ‘queen of herbs’, has been regarded as one of the holiest and most cherished herbs by virtue of its health-promoting and healing properties.
Among its innumerable benefits, Tulsi reduces stress, enhances endurance, increases oxygen utilization, boosts the immune system, slows aging, reduces inflammation, prevents gastric ulcers, protects against radiation, lowers fevers, cholesterol and high blood pressure, protects teeth and gums, fights bacterial, viral and fungal infections, improves digestion and provides a rich supply of anti-oxidants and other nutrients. Tulsi offers remarkable preventive and curative potential with respect to many stress-related degenerative disorders, such as, cancer, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, hepatitis and neurological dementia.
Author is a clinical nutritionist and founder of http://www.theweightmonitor.com and Whole Foods India.