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For over ten years, between 1983 and 1993, the researchers of medicinal plants, made an extensive experimental research, chemistry, pharmacology and clinical properties of guava leaves, and showed that extracts of Psidium guajava leaves have a group of novel compounds, present only in this plant, known scientifically as gammapironas, belonging to the subclass of flavonoids glycosylated.
Such a set of natural compounds present in the leaves of this tree produced in the body four complementary effects very useful for the treatment of various gastrointestinal disorders, which explains its long and ancient usage to combat diarrhea, cramps and various gastrointestinal complaints:
a) antispasmodic effect due to the antagonistic action of Ca + in the contraction of intestinal and uterine muscle fiber, which explains its usefulness in eliminating diarrhea, intestinal colic and menstrual cramps in a few minutes.
b) intestinal anti-inflammatory effect through its action on the prostaglandin cascade, which explains its usefulness in reducing gastrointestinal inflammation in acute and chronic colitis.
Guava leaf was used in prehispanic medicine since ancient times to cure digestive disorders accompanied by diarrhea and abdominal pain as chronic and sits on various sources of history of the Mexican herb. It should be noted that in the sixteenth century Spanish medicine, the term dysentery, which is of Greek origin, was used exclusively to describe the intestinal disorder that manifests as episodes of bloody diarrhea. Thus, physicians applied the term “dysentery” only the most severe diarrhea, while the other, less serious but more frequent, called “chambers.”
Currently, China’s medicine full guava juice is used as a resource in the diet to keep within the normal range of glucose levels of diabetics. More recent studies attribute to the guava leaf extracts beneficial properties in the treatment of viral diarrhea and advantageous sedative and stress.