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Psidium guajava (Guava / Kuawa)PLANT NAME: Psidium guajava
SIMILARLY USED SPECIES: Psidium guajava, P. aromaticum, P. cuajavas, P. pomiferum, P. pyriferum.
COMMON NAMES: Guava, Kuawa, Puawa, [Hawai’i] Ku’ava [Samoa] Kuava [Tonga] Tuava [Marquesas] Kautonga [Niue], Goiaba [Brasil], Guayaba [Bolivia] Sawintu [Aymara] Saylla [Quechua] Amba [Nepal]
CATEGORY: Herbs that Stabilize and Bind ~.
PROPERTIES: Neutral ~
PLANT PART USED: Whole plant, but mostly the fruit and leaves. The fresh leaves are stronger than the dried ones.
TOXICITY: LD50 (leaf extract) is more than 5 g:kg, p.o.
CAUTIONS AND CONTRAINDICATIONS: Not in pregnancy. Not with edema. Not in large doses. Large doses can cause stomach pain, damage the stomach lining, and cause constipation. Extreme caution in acute diarrhea: be sure any pathogens are expelled before astringing.
STATUS IN HAWAI’I: Invasive alien and pest in Hawai’i, creating mono stands and crowding out native species. Although in Hämakua, former native forest (led by Psychotria mariniana – köpiko) is reclaiming former cattle pasture infested with guava.
WESTERN FUNCTIONS REPORTED: Antiseptic [Haiti]; astringent [England, Ghana, Haiti, Philippines, Tahiti, Trinidad, Venezuela]; bactericide [Trinidad]; cicatrizant [Haiti]; dentifrice [Ghana]; depurative [Trinidad]; emmenagogue [Malaya]; hemostat [Haiti]; laxative [Ghana, India]; nausea; tonic; vermifuge [Johore, Mexico]; vulnerary [Mexico];
TRADITIONAL CHINESE ENERGETIC FUNCTIONS (~ = extrapolated):
1) Stabilizes the middle burner; astringes and harmonizes diarrhea, nausea & vomiting ~
2) Astringes the lower burner: leucorrhea, hot and cold diarrhea ~
3) Stops bleeding (topical and internal) ~
4) Clears damp heat in the mouth: leaves chewed for bad breath ~
5) Stops sweating: for yin or qi deficient sweating ~
PREPARATION OF MEDICINE: Generally infused or short decoction. Leaf buds sometimes are eaten. All parts of the plant are astringent with the exception of the ripe fruit.
DOSAGE: Bark 1.5″ by 3″ boiled in 3 cups water for 10 minutes. 1 cup of leaves in 3 cups of boiling water, steeped. 3-5 leaf buds, eaten.
Guava Common Medicinal Uses
Guava Cross-Cultural Medicinal UsesCOSMETIC
- To close the pores after a facial [Hawai’i]
- Varicose veins [Bolivia (leaves tinctured)]
- Dermatosis; psoriasis [Bolivia (bark infused)];
- Itching, scabies [Haiti, Mexico]
- Rashes [Bolivia (bark infused), Samoa]
- Wounds, sores & ulcers [Haiti, India, Philippines, Bolivia, Mexico]
- Diarrhea [Universal]; dysentery [Ghana, Haiti, Panama, Trinidad, Venezuela]
- Indigestion [Cuba]
- Nausea & vomiting [Bolivia (cortex decocted), Nepal, South America (bark as tea)]; sea sickness, motion sickness [Hawai’i, Samoa]
- Stomachache [Johore, Samoa, Haiti, Mexico, Tonga]; abdominal cramping [Bolivia]
- Sudden weight loss
- Used to lower blood sugar.
HEAD AND THROAT
- Conjunctivitis [South America (flowers mashed topical)], eye strain [South America (flowers mashed topical)]
- Deafness [Malaya, Mexico]
- Gingivitis, mouth sores and bleeding gums [Bolivia, South America (infused)], bad breath [South America (leaves chewed)], sore throat [Haiti, South America (bark as tea)]
- Nose bleed [Philipines (leaves rolled and inserted in nostril)]
- Toothache [Ghana, Philipines (young leaves chewed)]
- Cholera [Nepal (decocted)]
- Common cold [Cuba, South America (bark as tea)],
MUSCULOSKELETAL / TRAUMA
- Rheumatism, spasms, inflammation of the joints [Bolivia]
- Sprains [Old Hawai’i], injuries [South America (flowers mashed topical)]; swelling [Java, Mexico]
- Wounds [Old Hawai’i, Philippines (leaves poulticed or decocted, topical)]
- Epilepsy [Haiti, Malaya] chorea, convulsions
- Inflammation of the nerves [Bolivia (wood infused)]
- Diarrhea and loose bowels [Old Hawai’i (buds chewed and given to children)]
- To heal circumcisions [Philipines]
- Evil-Eye [New Zealand]
- Hysteria [Malaya]
- Nervous exhaustion [Bolivia (syrup with guava fruit and honey)]
- Impotence [Bolivia (syrup with guava fruit and honey)]
- Leucorrhea and stretched vagina after childbirth [Java, Bolivia (douche)]
- Miscarriage; uterine bleeding; premature labor; painful menstruation [Samoa]
- Post partum [Cook Islands (new mothers bathed in warm infusion of guava leaves)]
- “Sexual weakness” [Bolivia (flowers infused or syrup with guava fruit and honey)]
- Bronchitis; phlegm [Holland]; cough [Ghana, Samoa]
- Diarrhea in dogs [Trinidad and Tobago
OTHER MEDICINAL USES
- Edema [Dominican Republic]
- Hangovers [South America (leaves chewed prophylacticly)]
USE AS FOOD: The fruit. Guava fruit is “thermostable”; it can survive processing.
OTHER USES: Wood makes good sweat lodges.
CONSTITUENTS: Up to 10% tannin content by dry weight. [Whistler 1992] One guava fruit has 2-5 times the vitamin C of an orange. [Arvigo 2001]
Alanine, alpha-humulene, alpha-linolenic-acid, alpha-selinene, araban, arabinose, arginine, ascorbic-acid, ascorbigen, aspartic-acid, benzaldehyde, benzene, beta-bisabolene, beta-carotene, beta-caryophyllene, beta-copaene, beta-farnesene, beta-humulene, beta-ionone, beta-pinene, beta-selinene, butanal, calcium, cinnamylacetate, citral, citric-acid, copper, d-galactose, d-galacturonic-acid, delta-cadinene, ellagic-acid, essential oil rich in cineol (leaves) , flavonoids (leaves): quercetin, 3-L-4-arabinofuranoside and 3-L-4-pyranoside, four triterpenic acids (leaves), fructose, gallic-acid, glutamic-acid, glycine, histidine, iron, isoleucine, l-malic-acid, lactic-acid, leucine, leucocyanidins, limonene, linoleic-acid, lysine, magnesium, manganese, mecocyanin, methylcinnamate, methylisopropylketone, mufa, myristic-acid, niacin, oleic-acid, oxalic-acid, palmitic-acid, palmitoleic-acid, pantothenic-acid, pectin, phenylalanine, phosphorus, phytin-phosphorus, potassium, proline, pufa, quercetin & 6 quercetin derivatives (-3-glucoside, -3-galactoside, 3-xyloside, 3-arabinopyranoside, , -3-arabinofuranoside and -3-rhamnoside), rhamnose, riboflavin, serine, sfa, stearic-acid, sulfur, tannins, thiamin, threonine, tryptophan, tyrosine, ursolic and oleanolic acids (leaves), valine, vit-b-6, xylose, zinc.
Guava Local CombinationsCuts, sprains, contusions: Add Tephrosia piscatoria (pia), coconut leaves, Verbena littoralis (haoui), Saccarum granorum (kö / sugar cane), and Pa’akai (Hawaiian salt) topical for deep cuts, sprains and broken bones. See [HHM] for recipe.
Internal bleeding: Roots with Pandanus tectorius (hala) shoots and Musa paradisica (banana / mai’a) roots, mashes and boiled for internal bleeding. One mouthful per dose. [Old Hawai’i]
CROSS CULTURAL COMBINATIONSPlease note some of the ingredients in the following combinations are toxic!
Do not self-administer without the supervision of a licensed practitioner or an experienced Elder.Diarrhea: with Citharexylum spinosum [Caribbean]
Enteritis, colitis & arthritis: fruit peel with two Siempreviva sp. (everlasting) twigs [Bolivia]
HABITAT: Where ever it damn well pleases.
GATHERING: Pick from the uphill side of the road to avoid plant contamination by oil from automobile runoff. Or better yet avoid roads altogether.
PROPAGATION & CULTIVATION: Don’t
- Anti-amoebic in vitro. [Tona 2000]
- Leaf and bark extract inhibit growth of amoebas (Entamoeba histolytica) in vitro. [Thaiyooth]
- Methanol and ethanol extracts inhibit gram-positive bacteria in vitro. [Biswas 2013]
- Water extract decreased cough in animals by 35-54%, but was not as effective as dextromethorphan, which decreased cough by 78%. [Jaiari 1999]
NOTES ‘N QUOTES
- Hawaiians recognized 3 varieties of Psidium guajava: Kuawa lemi (lemon guava), Kuawa momona (with thicker skin and larger seeds than Kuawa lemi), and Kuawa keokeo (white guava).
- Originally domesticated in Peru thousands of years ago, guava was first introduced to Hawai’i by Spaniard Don Marin sometime after 1791.
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