Papaya leaves have long been considered a natural cure for Dengue and Malaria. And at the same time many say it's an old wive's tale with no scientific proof.
In some parts of the world, papaya leaves are made into tea as a treatment for malaria, but the mechanism is not understood and no treatment method based on these results has been scientifically proven.
Yet two of my friends were prescribed papaya leaf juice by a doctor when they were diagnosed with Dengue in order to increase their platelet count.
Recently I read about an anti-Dengue papaya supplement that could combat the Zika virus. Once again I find no scientific proof for the claim.
So is there scientific evidence to show that papaya has the ability to fight Dengue?