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Dengue toll on the rise, city turns to home remedies

16 September, 2015 4:02 AM
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LUDHIANA: A total of 33 cases of dengue were reported from the city on Tuesday, taking the toll to 141. As many as 17 cases were reported from Dayanand Medical college and hospital, three from Rajindra hospital, four were referred to Chandigarh, five from Christian Medical College and Hospital, 2 cases from Civil Hospital, Ludhiana and one each from Civil Hospital, Ferozepur and a private lab.

The number of cases from other districts reporting in city hospitals also increased by 11, taking the tally to 71. All the 11 cases from other districts were reported from DMCH. A new case from another state was also confirmed in DMCH.

Worried city residents are opting for natural remedies to build up immunity and fight the disease. One such natural method of treatment doing the rounds is papaya leaves.

While doctors are not sure whether papaya leaves actually help cure dengue or not, messages about papaya leaves, juice and tablets are going viral on social media.

Dr Vinu Kumar, chief nutritionist and raw vegan expert said, "Yes, the juice of papaya leaves helps cure dengue, as it has enzymes and blood building capacity. During dengue, patients suffer from low platelet count and need blood. Besides papaya leaves, smoothies with wheat grass and coconut water, etc could be blended for better blood building capacity. Treating dengue this way, we can also add anti-congestants like Tulsi and Ginger."

According to the nutritionist, extensive consumption of greens helps increase the platelet count. But doctors warn against misplaced enthusiasm for natural remedies, saying patients need medication for better results.

Dr Navdeep Singh, a city-based physician from Model Town said, "This time, instead of getting blood platelets transfused during dengue treatment, most of the people prefer to get it naturally with medication."


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