Herb as agents affecting the immunological status and growth of piglets weaned with body weight deficiency
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Department of Animal Hygiene and Livestock Environment, Agricultural University of Wrocław, Diksteina 3, 51-617 Wrocław, Poland
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Agricultural University of Wrocław, Diksteina 3, 51-617 Wrocław, Poland
Department of Swine Breeding and Production, Agricultural University of Wrocław, Diksteina 3, 51-617 Wrocław, Poland
Publication date: 1997-05-15
J. Anim. Feed Sci. 1997;6(2):269-279
Immune deficiency was found in weaned pigs suffering from runting-stunting syndrome. It was manifested as decreases in: percentage of T-lymphocytes, phagocytic activity of neutrophils, the number of neutrophils capable of phagocyting and reducing nitrotetrazolium blue (NBT), DTH skin reaction to 1-chloro-3,4-dinitrobenzene (DNCB). The runt pigs were treated with: a mixture of 5 herbs (Chamomile flowers, Calendula florets, Fennel fruits, Fenugreek seeds, Sweet Basil herbs) and Biostymina - an aqueous aloe extract, given separately or together with the herb mixture. Administration of the five-herb mixture and/or Biostymina resulted in enhancement of neutrophil activity. Restoration of the T-lymphocyte population was observed only in the group treated with both preparations. The 5-herb mixture was the most effective in promoting weight gain compensation.
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