Discussion created on 12/12/2012

Diahrrea Treatment

Forum: Guava Leaves as Diahrrea Treatment

On our pig farm, Surin Farm – Chiang Mai, Thailand, my Thai wife often takes a heavily leaved branch from a guava tree and throws it into a pen when the pigs have diarrhea. The pigs love to eat the leaves and most of the time within a day the pigs that had diarrhea are once again healthy.

Out of curiosity I searched the internet and read about the June 2004 “Healthcare Use for Diarrhea and Dysentery” study where Kaljee L M (et al) interviewed people in Viet Nam. His study found that in home treatment some people used guava leaves for diarrhea. A 29-year old woman discussed the use of guava leaves in her household. "My house has a guava tree for the treatment of diarrhea. When someone gets diarrhea, we pick some leaves from the top of the guava branch and put them into water with a little salt and cook. I also read the 2011 “Review on Nutritional, Medicinal and Pharmacological Properties of Guava” by Baby Joseph and Mini Priya wherein they wrote: Guava leaf extract has also shown to have tranquilizing effect on intestinal smooth muscle, inhibit chemical processes found in diarrhea and aid in the re-absorption of water in intestines.

In other research, an alcoholic leaf extract was reported to have a morphine-like effect, by inhibiting the gastrointestinal release of chemicals in acute diarrheal disease. This morphine-like effect was thought to be related to a chemical, quercetin. The effective use of guava in diarrhea, dysentery and gastroenteritis can also be related to guava's documented antibacterial properties (Lozoya et al., 1994, 1990; Tona et al., 2000).

My question is this; has anyone used guava leaves for treatment of piglets in the farrow barn and/or piglets in the nursery barn? If so I would like to know how you administered and controlled the quantity of guava the piglets consumed.

Randall Ellis
Pig farmer
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Noni Noni
December 15, 2012

Interesting article about Guava Leaves as Diahrrea Treatment. I have just come through a bout of diarrhea with the piglets and used a product called Gastro- Stop and it has done wonders to their problem. Make it up to 3 litres and use 3 capsules. Add 8 teaspoons or sugar and one teaspoon of salt. Add to a bowl where the sow cannot reach it and leave for them to drink....Could not get help from any one else so resorted to my own devices. way it is I guess. but hey it worked.

manohara upadhya manohara upadhya
Veterinary Doctor
December 20, 2012

Good article about guava leaves for diarrhea

Antimoebic, Anidiarrhoeal properties are well established in AYURVEDA.

Kindly go through the link http://www.ayurvedaconsultants.com/AyurvedaHerbs/Medicinal-Plant-PSIDIUM-GUAJAVA.aspx

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