In Kolkata and nearby regions, due to sudden and huge amounts of rainfall, there has been an outbreak of dengue, a disease spread by female Aedes mosquitoes. The outbreak has been so dangerous that dozens have already died in the villages.
A problem of this disease is that, the platelets in blood are decreasing abnormally. For example, a patient had 120 thousand platelets when checked at night, but when checked on the morning, it drastically reduced to about 20 thousand. This particular patient could not be saved.
Many people say that the juice of papaya leaves (leaves of Carica papaya) helps in increasing the platelets in blood. Some doctors say it's wrong, while others say that it does effectively help. Even tablets and powders have been made, but the confusion persists as to whether they are effective or not.
I could not find any good information on the net. Can anyone, with scientific arguments, answer this question?