The Atun Tree, well-known for its anti-bacterial properties, has now been found to be effective in treating diarrhea, reveals Mayo Clinic collaboration.

The extracts from Atun Tree is said to have the ability to control bacteria that causes diarrhea.  These findings have been published by researchers in ˜The British Medical Journal.

The researchers claim that their study offers an innovative model for drug discovery, by combining ancient, non-traditional medical information, with latest technologies, to bring about natural products for investigations.

Dr. Brent Bauer, Director of Mayo Clinic Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program, said natural products are the invariable sources of healing agents, like for instance, Aspirin was derived from Willow Bark, and TaxolTM was derived from bark of pacific yet tree.

The leaves and kernels of the Atun Tree were collected and alcohol extracts were prepared as per standard protocol. Different concentrations of leaf extract and kernel extract were added to samples of two gram positive bacteria, and two gram negative bacteria, in a minimal concentration assay.

The results revealed that extracts from Atun tree had antibacterial activity, specific for Gram positive bacteria tested. The kernel extract had stronger antibacterial effect, revealed the study reports, and hence was considered suitable for use as an antibacterial agent.