UB Students Examine the Benefits of Guava Leaves for Wound Healing

Surgical site infection (SSI) is a postoperative wound infection that can lead to death.

This wound are caused by the site of the surgical incision being infected after the surgical procedure.

The infection can be caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria that adapt quickly to selective antibiotics and can produce MRSA (Metichilin Resistant Stphlococus Aureus) which is resistant to antibiotics. This can delay the wound healing process. Wounds that are infected by bacteria will appear red, swollen and produce pus.

Based on this background, three students of the Faculty of Medicine Universitas Brawijaya (FK UB), namely Edo Apriliano Pratama, Anisa Nadya Nafis, and Kaista Bunga Disy Agse examine the guava leaves for herbal therapy for a cut wound model infected with MRSA.

Natural ingredients that can be used are guava leaves of red varieties. Red variety guava leaves contain 9%-12% tannins and quercetin-type flavonoid compounds that function in accelerating cell regeneration, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial against cuts infected with MRSA bacteria compared to guava leaves of other varieties or other natural ingredients.

“This will have the potential to be used as a combination therapy made from herbs, environmentally friendly, easy to use and minimal side effects. In the future, it can be developed as an adjuvant therapy solution to accelerate the healing of cuts infected with MRSA,” said Edo.

Edo added, some current research shows guava leaf extract is beneficial for wound healing, but there is no research showing that guava leaf extract can be an additional therapy for MRSA-infected wounds. (EDO/Humas UB/ Trans. Iir).