Beggar's ticks (Bidens pilosa
) is an erect, perennial herb widely distributed across temperate and tropical regions worldwide. There has been an increasing global interest in the use of B. pilosa
, with a large number of studies conducted on the plant in recent years. Different parts of B. pilosa
have been reported to be useful in the treatment of over 40 disorders including digestive-related, wounds, immunological-related, inflammation, protozoan infections, bacterial infections, cancers, metabolic syndrome, and many more. B. pilosa
is usually ingested, however it is used externally for the treatment of snake bites and wounds.
is reported to contain over 200 different compounds, including 70 aliphatics, 60 flavonoids, 25 terpenoids, 19 phenylpropanoids, 13 aromatics, 8 porphyrins, and 6 other compounds. In terms of its anticoccidial activities, B. pilosa
was originally reported for its use as a medicinal herb to treat malaria, a human coccidial disease. The positive response suggested that B. pilosa
may also be an effective anticoccidial for chickens, against Eimeria
Nutritional facts about B. pilosa as provided by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization
|Plant (100 g)||Energy (kcal)||Moisture (%)||Protein (g)||Fat (g)||Carbohydrate (g)||Fiber (g)||Ash (g)||Ca (mg)||P (mg)||Fe (ug)||Carotene equivalent (ug)|
Adding B. pilosa
to your flocks' diet may be beneficial to assist them fight off internal parasite invasion. Studies have shown that 0.5% B. pilosa
may be effective against Eimeria
, which causes coccidiosis
in chickens. Findings showed supplemental begger ticks helped to consistently reduce fecal oocyst excretion and degree of intestine destruction. It was also proven to improve reduced weight gain.