Neutral treatment for diarrheaDiarrhea with vomiting: is a potentially dangerous condition that can be triggeredby food al...
Foods for healthTry a mineral rich broth when youre ill with diarrhea. Simmer chard, collard greens,kale or other dark gre...
.Herbs    Do not use herbs to treat diarrhea without talking to your health care provider first, and always talk to your d...
Guava                Common names:           Guava, goiaba, guayaba, djamboe, djambu, goavier, gouyave,                goy...
fruits contain numerous seeds that can produce a mature fruit-bearing plant withinfour years. In the Amazon rainforest gua...
diarrhea effect of guava; it is able to relax intestinal smooth muscle and inhibit bowelcontractions. In addition, other f...
Pseudomonas. It has also demonstrated antifungal, anti-yeast (candida), anti-amebic,.and antimalarial actionsIn a recent s...
Herbs and PlantsClear broths can help the body maintain fluid levels and prevent dehydration. Rawgrain broths, made by ste...
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  1. 1. Neutral treatment for diarrheaDiarrhea with vomiting: is a potentially dangerous condition that can be triggeredby food allergies, bacteria, viruses, spoiled food, environmental toxins, metabolicdisturbances or antibiotic treatments. Diarrhea may be thin, watery and foul smellingand accompanied by cramping, abdominal pain. The illness may also be accompaniedby vomiting and a feeling of being bloated. A fever may also be present. Typically,the body loses a great deal of fluid with diarrhea, often resulting in tremendous thirst.Home remedies begin with a special diet that includes plenty of liquids, such asmineral water and teas made from antibacterial and anti-inflammatory medicinalplants. Warm abdominal compresses can also help. However, if the diarrhea isbloody, if abdominal pain is severe, if the diarrhea lasts longer than 3 days or if feverincreases sharply, a serious infection may be at work and a physician should be.consulted immediatelyPurging ToxinsDiarrhea and vomiting are self help mechanisms your body uses to remove substancesthat cause illness from the intestines and stomach. In some cases, you must let theillness run its course so that toxins can be completely eliminated. It is never wise to.stop diarrhea by taking constipating remedies?What you can doYou should not eat anything for the first three days, to spare the intestines furtherwork and irritation. However, be sure to drink plenty of liquids, at least four times theusual amount, so you dont get dehydrated. Try weak black tea or other therapeuticteas. After three days, you may eat toast, crackers, rice or vegetable broth. You can.also apply warm abdominal compresses or take acidophilus supplementsGarlic as a preventive foodBecause of its high sulfur content, garlic helps to regulate digestive activity and killgerms. Try taking garlic capsules, or use liberal amounts of fresh garlic in as a preventive measure. Avoid garlic if you dont digest onions wellApple vinegar for intestinal functionApple vinegar contains large amounts of potassium, pectin and beta carotene. Thesegently help restore destroyed intestinal flora so intestinal function can return tonormal. Drink a glass of noncarbonated mineral water with 2 teaspoons of applevinegar three times a day until the problem eases. A damp, hot compress soaked with…apple vinegar soothes pain; apply it to the abdomen for two hours twice dailySoothing flaxseed pouchA flaxseed pack relaxes gastrointestinal cramping and discomfort due toinflammation. Fill a fabric pouch big enough to cover the lower abdomen with rawflaxseed or rice and stitch closed. Hang the pouch over a pot of boiling water to heat itwith the steam for about 30 mins, or heat it in a microwave. Place the pouch (as hot asyou can stand) on your abdomen. Cover with a towel and a wool blanket and leave for about one hour
  2. 2. Foods for healthTry a mineral rich broth when youre ill with diarrhea. Simmer chard, collard greens,kale or other dark green, leafy vegetables for 1 hr. with a little vinegar. Strain off the.broth and drinkTherapeutic TeasIllnesses accompanied by diarrhea and vomiting weaken the body because they causea great loss of minerals and fluids. Therapeutic teas can help restore proper.gastrointestinal activity and resupply the body with fluidsFor diarrhea in adultstbsp. alfalfa leaves 4tbsp. oat straw 3tbsp. shredded licorice root 3tbsp. raspberry or blackberry leaves 3tbsp. thyme 2For childrenoz. marsh mallow leaves 1oz. shredded licorice root 1oz. blackberry leaves 1Pour 1 cup of hot water over 1 tbsp. of the herb mixture. Steep and strain. Have the.child drink up to 3 cups a dayVacation tipsVacationing in tropical regions poses great risks for travelers: it can be hard to avoidthe germ infected foods that cause diarrhea and vomiting. Here are some tips for.preventing this illness.Avoid tap water. Drink only boiled water, coffee and tea, or bottled water.Use noncarbonated mineral water to brush your teeth instead of tap water.Give up ice cream, and stay away from cold drinks cooled with ice cubesDo not eat raw vegetables, especially salad greens, which are usually washed in tapwater. To be safe, stick to cooked vegetables and to raw fruits that you peel
  3. 3. .Herbs Do not use herbs to treat diarrhea without talking to your health care provider first, and always talk to your doctor before treating diarrhea in an infant. If your diarrhea iscaused by certain types of infections, herbal treatments could make it worse. The most common herbal remedies for diarrhea are described below. They can be used as teasunless otherwise noted. Make teas with 1 tsp. herb per cup of hot water. Steep covered 5 - 10 minutes for leaf or flowers, and 10 - 20 minutes for roots. Drink 2 - 4 cups per .dayAstringent herbs Astringent herbs, such as blackberry leaf (Rubus fruticosus) or raspberry leaf (Rubus idaeus), help "dry up" the mucous membranes in the intestine. Make a tea with 1 .heaping tsp. per cup. Drink a ½ cup per hour Carob powder (Ceratonia siliqua), which is rich in fiber, may be taken at the rate of 1.5 g per 2.2 pounds or 1 kg of body weight. Dissolve powder into a hydrating .solution such as Pedialyte Extract of bilberry (Vaccinum myrtillus) also has astringent properties (4 g, spread .(over several doses). Do not take bilberry if you take anticoagulants (blood thinners Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatorium) is a traditional remedy for diarrhea. Usual dosage is 3 g (about 1/2 tsp.) per day. Agrimony can have a blood thinning effect and can lower blood pressure; speak with your physician if you are dealing with these health .issuesInflammation reducers Quercetin (250 - 500 mg 2 - 4 times per day), a plant based flavonoid, may help to .reduce inflammation Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) is usually taken as a tea. Dissolve 3 - 4 g powder .(about 3 tsp.) in 1 cup hot water, strain and cool. Drink 3 times per dayMarshmallow root (Althea officinalis) can be taken as cold-water tea. Soak 2 tbs. root .in 1 quart of water overnight. Strain. Drink throughout the daySlippery elm powder (Ulmus fulva) or marshmallow root powder (Althaea officinalis) can be soothing to the intestines. Use 1 oz. powder to 1 quart of water. Make a paste with the powder and a small amount of water. Gradually add in the rest of the water .and then simmer down to 1 pint. Take 1 tsp. every 30 - 60 minutesInfection fightersPlants containing berberine may help treat infectious diarrhea. These include barberry (Berberis vulgaris) 250 - 500 mg 3 times per day; goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)250 - 500 mg 3 times per day; and Oregon grape (Berberis aquifolium ), 250 - 500 mg .3 times per day. Do not take berberine if you are pregnant or breastfeedingBulk forming agent Psyllium, a soluble fiber that comes from the husks of the seeds of a plant calledPlantago ovata, may help treat diarrhea. It is a bulk forming agent that soaks up water .in the colon, helping to firm stool
  4. 4. Guava Common names: Guava, goiaba, guayaba, djamboe, djambu, goavier, gouyave, goyave, goyavier, perala, bayawas, dipajaya jambu, petokal, tokal, guave, guavenbaum, guayave, banjiro, goiabeiro, guayabo, guyaba, goeajaaba, guave, goejaba, kuawa, abas, jambu batu, bayabas, pichi, posh, enandi Part Used: Fruit, leaf, bark Family: Myrtaceae Genus: Psidium Species: guajavaGUAVA*HERBAL PROPERTIESAND ACTIONSMain Actions Other Actions Standard Dosage*stops diarrhea *depresses CNS Leaves*kills bacteria *lowers blood pressure*kills fungi *reduces blood sugar *Decoction: 1 cup 1-3*kills yeast *constricts blood vessels times daily*kills amebas *promotes menstruation*relieves pain*fights free radicals*reduces spasms*supports heart Called guayaba in Spanish-speaking countries and goiaba in Brazil, guava is a common shade tree or shrub in door-yard gardens in the tropics. It provides shade while the guava fruits are eaten fresh and made into drinks, ice cream, and preserves. In the richness of the Amazon, guava fruits often grow well beyond the size of tennis balls on well-branched trees or shrubs reaching up to 20 m high. Cultivated varieties average about 10 meters in height and produce lemon-sized fruits. The tree is easily identified by its distinctive thin, smooth, copper-colored bark that flakes off, showing .a greenish layer beneath Guava fruit today is considered minor in terms of commercial world trade but is widely grown in the tropics, enriching the diet of hundreds of millions of people in the tropics of the world. Guava has spread widely throughout the tropics because it thrives in a variety of soils, propagates easily, and bears fruit relatively quickly. The
  5. 5. fruits contain numerous seeds that can produce a mature fruit-bearing plant withinfour years. In the Amazon rainforest guava fruits are much enjoyed by birds andmonkeys, which disperse guava seeds in their droppings and cause spontaneous.clumps of guava trees to grow throughout the rainforestTRIBAL AND HERBAL MEDICINE USESGuava may have been domesticated in Peru several thousand years ago; Peruvianarchaeological sites have revealed guava seeds found stored with beans, corn, squash,and other cultivated plants. Guava fruit is still enjoyed as a sweet treat by indigenouspeoples throughout the rainforest, and the leaves and bark of the guava tree have a .long history of medicinal uses that are still employed todayThe Tikuna Indians decoct the leaves or bark of guava as a cure for diarrhea. In fact,an infusion or decoction made from the leaves and/or bark has been used by manytribes for diarrhea and dysentery throughout the Amazon, and Indians also employ itfor sore throats, vomiting, stomach upsets, for vertigo, and to regulate menstrualperiods. Tender leaves are chewed for bleeding gums and bad breath, and it is said toprevent hangovers (if chewed before drinking). Indians throughout the Amazon garglea leaf decoction for mouth sores, bleeding gums, or use it as a douche for vaginaldischarge and to tighten and tone vaginal walls after childbirth. A decoction of thebark and/or leaves or a flower infusion is used topically for wounds, ulcers and skinsores. Flowers are also mashed and applied to painful eye conditions such as sun.strain, conjunctivitis or eye injuriesCenturies ago, European adventurers, traders, and missionaries in the Amazon Basintook the much enjoyed and tasty fruits to Africa, Asia, India, and the Pacific tropicalregions, so that it is now cultivated throughout the tropical regions of the world.Commercially the fruit is consumed fresh or used in the making of jams, jellies, pasteor hardened jam, and juice. Guava leaves are in the Dutch Pharmacopoeia for thetreatment of diarrhea, and the leaves are still used for diarrhea in Latin America,Central and West Africa, and Southeast Asia. In Peruvian herbal medicine systemstoday the plant is employed for diarrhea, gastroenteritis, intestinal worms, gastricdisorders, vomiting, coughs, vaginal discharges, menstrual pain and hemorrhages, andedema. In Brazil guava is considered an astringent drying agent and diuretic and isused for the same conditions as in Peru. A decoction is also recommended as a garglefor sore throats, laryngitis and swelling of the mouth, and used externally for skin.ulcers, and vaginal irritation and dischargesPLANT CHEMICALSGuava is rich in tannins, phenols, triterpenes, flavonoids, essential oils, saponins,carotenoids, lectins, vitamins, fiber and fatty acids. Guava fruit is higher in vitamin Cthan citrus (80 mg of vitamin C in 100 g of fruit) and contains appreciable amounts ofvitamin A as well. Guava fruits are also a good source of pectin - a dietary fiber. Theleaves of guava are rich in flavonoids, in particular, quercetin. Much of guavastherapeutic activity is attributed to these flavonoids. The flavonoids havedemonstrated antibacterial activity. Quercetin is thought to contribute to the anti-
  6. 6. diarrhea effect of guava; it is able to relax intestinal smooth muscle and inhibit bowelcontractions. In addition, other flavonoids and triterpenes in guava leaves showantispasmodic activity. Guava also has antioxidant properties which is attributed to.the polyphenols found in the leavesGuavas main plant chemicals include: alanine, alpha-humulene, alpha-hydroxyursolicacid, alpha-linolenic acid, alpha-selinene, amritoside, araban, arabinose,arabopyranosides, arjunolic acid, aromadendrene, ascorbic acid, ascorbigen, asiaticacid, aspartic acid, avicularin, benzaldehyde, butanal, carotenoids, caryophyllene,catechol-tannins, crataegolic acid, D-galactose, D-galacturonic acid, ellagic acid,ethyl octanoate, essential oils, flavonoids, gallic acid, glutamic acid, goreishic acid,guafine, guavacoumaric acid, guaijavarin, guajiverine, guajivolic acid, guajavolide,guavenoic acid, guajavanoic acid, histidine, hyperin, ilelatifol D, isoneriucoumaricacid, isoquercetin, jacoumaric acid, lectins, leucocyanidins, limonene, linoleic acid,linolenic acid, lysine, mecocyanin, myricetin, myristic acid, nerolidiol, obtusinin,octanol, oleanolic acid, oleic acid, oxalic acid, palmitic acid, palmitoleic acid, pectin,polyphenols, psidiolic acid, quercetin, quercitrin, serine, sesquiguavene, tannins,.terpenes, and ursolic acidBIOLOGICAL ACTIVITIES AND CLINICAL RESEARCHThe long history of guavas use has led modern-day researchers to study guavaextracts. Its traditional use for diarrhea, gastroenteritis and other digestive complaintshas been validated in numerous clinical studies. A plant drug has even been developedfrom guava leaves (standardized to its quercetin content) for the treatment of acutediarrhea. Human clinical trials with the drug indicate its effectiveness in treatingdiarrhea in adults. Guava leaf extracts and fruit juice has also been clinically studiedfor infantile diarrhea. In a clinical study with 62 infants with infantile rotaviralenteritis, the recovery rate was 3 days (87.1%) in those treated with guava, anddiarrhea ceased in a shorter time period than controls. It was concluded in the study".that guava has "good curative effect on infantile rotaviral enteritisGuava has many different properties that contribute to its antidiarrheal effect: it hasbeen documented with pronounced antibacterial, antiamebic and antispasmodicactivity. It has also shown to have a tranquilizing effect on intestinal smooth muscle,inhibit chemical processes found in diarrhea and aid in the re-absorption of water inthe intestines. In other research, an alcoholic leaf extract was reported to have amorphine-like effect, by inhibiting the gastrointestinal release of chemicals in acutediarrheal disease. This morphine-like effect was thought to be related to the chemicalquercetin. In addition, lectin chemicals in guava were shown to bind to E-coli (acommon diarrhea-causing organism), preventing its adhesion to the intestinal wall and.(thus preventing infection (and resulting diarrheaThe effective use of guava in diarrhea, dysentery and gastroenteritis can also berelated to guavas documented antibacterial properties. Bark and leaf extracts haveshown to have in vitro toxic action against numerous bacteria. In several studiesguava showed significant antibacterial activity against such common diarrhea-causingbacteria as Staphylococcus, Shigella, Salmonella, Bacillus, E. coli, Clostridium, and
  7. 7. Pseudomonas. It has also demonstrated antifungal, anti-yeast (candida), anti-amebic,.and antimalarial actionsIn a recent study with guinea pigs (in 2003) Brazilian researchers reported that guavaleaf extracts have numerous effects on the cardiovascular system which might bebeneficial in treating irregular heat beat (arrhythmia). Previous research indicatedguava leaf provided antioxidant effects beneficial to the heart, heart protectiveproperties, and improved myocardial function. In two randomized human studies, theconsumption of guava fruit for 12 weeks was shown to reduce blood pressure by anaverage 8 points, decrease total cholesterol levels by 9%, decrease triglycerides byalmost 8%, and increase "good" HDL cholesterol by 8%. The effects were attributedto the high potassium and soluble fiber content of the fruit (however 1-2 pounds offruit was consumed daily by the study subjects to obtain these results!). In otheranimal studies guava leaf extracts have evidenced analgesic, sedative, and centralnervous system (CNS) depressant activity, as well as a cough suppressant actions. Thefruit or fruit juice has been documented to lower blood sugar levels in normal anddiabetic animals and humans. Most of these studies confirm the plants many uses in.tropical herbal medicine systemsCURRENT PRACTICAL USESGuava, known as the poor mans apple of the tropics, has a long history of traditionaluse, much of which is being validated by scientific research. It is a wonderful naturalremedy for diarrhea - safe enough even for young children. For infants and childrenunder the age of 2, just a cup daily of guava fruit juice is helpful for diarrhea. Forolder children and adults, a cup once or twice daily of a leaf decoction is the tropicalherbal medicine standard. Though not widely available in the U.S. market, tea-cut andpowdered leaves can be obtained from larger health food stores or suppliers of bulkbotanicals. Newer in the market are guava leaf extracts that are used in various herbalformulas for a myriad of purposes; from herbal antibiotic and diarrhea formulas tobowel health and weight loss formulas. Toxicity studies with rats and mice, as well ascontrolled human studies show both the leaf and fruit to be safe and without side.effects
  8. 8. Herbs and PlantsClear broths can help the body maintain fluid levels and prevent dehydration. Rawgrain broths, made by steeping 1 cup of raw rice or barley in one quart of boilingwater for 20 minutes, is considered helpful. Fresh vegetable juices are also.recommendedThere are several herbs useful in the treatment of diarrhea. The University ofMaryland Medical School suggest consulting a doctor before beginning an herbaltreatment of diarrhea. Depending on the cause of the diarrhea some herbs may.actually aggravate the conditionBlackberry and raspberry leaf teas are astringents. These substances will reduce.mucous in the intestines. A half cup of this tea per hour is suggestedBillberry is also an astringent but is not recommended for people who are taking.blood thinnersSome herbal remedies for diarrhea provide bulk to the digestive tract in an effort toabsorb excess fluid and provide a firmer stool. Both psyllium and carob powder this mannerFor diarrhea symptoms caused by an internal infection, herbs containing antibioticsubstances are suggested. These include barberry and Oregon grape. This course of.treatment is not recommended for pregnant or nursing womenNo matter which treatment course is being followed it is recommended the patientconsult with a physician if the diarrhea doesnt end in three to five days. Doctors.should be consulted earlier if dehydration occursHerbal Treatment Many of the common herbs to treat diarrhea can be found in your local health food store. Goldenseal is effective when treating diarrhea that was caused by a bacterialinfection. Taking 1/2 to 1 tsp. three times a day will suffice. Garlic treats diarrhea and has been known for centuries to have antibiotic properties. It can either be taken rawor in a dried form. Chamomile and blackberry teas are also helpful. Slippery elm bark is not only good for cleansing the body, it is also effective it causing the bowels contents to solidify. If you purchase slippery elm in tablet form, follow the directions or take two capsules before meals. Peppermint is another effective herbal remedy. You can add three to 15 drops to a glass of purified water every two to three hours as .wellLiquids In the beginning stages of diarrhea it is a good idea to stay away from solid foods. Drink plenty of water and juices. This is important because the body is sending the available water in the body to the bowels. This causes the body to dehydrate. It is important to replenish the body with water as soon as possible. Another reason theliquids are important is that it aids in flushing out any toxins that may have caused the .diarrhea in the first place