Cure for Dengue?

I never knew that Talbos ng Kamote or Sweet Potato tops is one of the cure for dengue. There were lots of  instances that Talbos ng Kamote or Sweet Potato tops saved some else lives from deadly dengue. If you were to confine at a hospital, you’ll be surprise on your bill.

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What is Dengue?

Dengue are acute febrile diseases, found in the tropics, and caused by four closely related virus serotypes of the genus Flavivirus, family Flaviviridae. It is also known as break bone fever.

Where do you get Dengue?

Dengue is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, particularly A. aegypti and A. albopictus. Dengue may also be transmitted via infected blood products (blood transfusions, plasma, and platelets), but the scale of this problem is unknown. We get Dengue basically from an infected mosquito, so its high time for us to clean our back yards always.

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Symtoms?

The disease manifests as a sudden onset of severe headache, muscle and joint pains (myalgias and arthralgias—severe pain that gives it the nick-name break-bone fever or bonecrusher disease), fever, and rash. The dengue rash is characteristically bright red petechiae and usually appears first on the lower limbs and the chest; in some patients, it spreads to cover most of the body. There may also be gastritis with some combination of associated abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Some cases develop much milder symptoms which can be misdiagnosed as influenza or other viral infection when no rash is present. Thus travelers from tropical areas may pass on dengue in their home countries inadvertently, having not been properly diagnosed at the height of their illness. Patients with dengue can pass on the infection only through mosquitoes or blood products and only while they are still febrile. The classic dengue fever lasts about six to seven days, with a smaller peak of fever at the trailing end of the disease (the so-called biphasic pattern). Clinically, the platelet count will drop until the patient’s temperature is normal. Cases of DHF also show higher fever, variable haemorrhagic phenomena, thrombocytopenia, and haemoconcentration. A small proportion of cases lead to dengue shock syndrome (DSS) which has a high mortality rate. DHF combined with a cirrhotic liver has been suspected in rapid development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Given that the Dengue virus (DEN) is related to the Hepatitis C virus, this is an avenue for further research as HCC is among the top five cancerous causes of death outside Europe and North America. Normally HCC does not occur in a cirrhotic liver for ten or more years after the cessation of the poisoning agent. DHF patients can develop HCC within one year of cessation of abuse.Migraine
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I’v recieved an email about these and here are some of the instaces that Sweet Potato Tops or Talbos ng Kamote saved the victim from Dengue.

Computer technician Wenceslao Salesale Jr., 27, was downed by dengue. His platelet count plunged from 180 to 80. He was rushed by ambulance from Novaliches to Manila. Inside the ambulance, a relative, acting upon the advice of a missionary priest, made him drink soup made from camote tops. The following day, his platelet count was normal.

Dengue attacked the 7-year-old daughter of engineers Mar and Lita Budlongan of Kaloocan City. Her platelet count read 80. The same treatment was used. The following day she was back to normal.

The 15-year-old daughter of businessman Nepomuceno Salaga of Sampaloc, Manila had a dangerous platelet count of 80 due to dengue. The same treatment was followed. The following day she was back in school.

Sweet Potato Tops (Talbos ng Kamote)

Based on Wikipedia The Center for Science in the Public Interest compared the nutritional value of sweet potatoes to other vegetables. Considering fiber content, complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins A and C, iron and calcium, the sweet potato ranked highest in nutritional value. According to these criteria, sweet potatoes earned 184 points, 100 points over the next on the list, the common potato (NCSPC).”

Sweet potato tops are excellent sources of antioxidative compounds, mainly polyphenolics, which may protect the human body from oxidative stress that is associated with many diseases including cancer ad cardiovascular diseases. Sweet potato greens have the highest content of total polyphenolics among other commercial vegetables studied.

Sweet potatoes contain protein, dietary fiber, lipid, and essential minerals and nutrients such as calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, sodium, potassium, sulfur, iron, copper, zinc, manganese, aluminum and boron. Sweet potatoes are also important sources of vitamin A, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and ascorbic acid.”

6 Responses to “ “Cure for Dengue?”

  1. Super informative post! My friend was recently confined for dengue and I remember I was having a hard time deciding what food to bring him everytime I visit. Patatas lang pala! 😛

  2. DAX says:

    rins its “Batatas” Ipomoea hahahah or talbos ng kamote (sweet potato tops or sweet potato leaves). usually sa gulay yan sa sinabawang bangus na mukhang kangkong.

  3. Aris Anonas says:

    I didn’t know that!

  4. DAX says:

    now you know aris. hehehehe who knows? it might help

  5. Nicely says:

    Thanks for the informative post, Dax! My officemate is suspected to have dengue. She’s been on sick leave since yesterday. I think she already went to the doctor today.

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