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
Agriculturist
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.

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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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