African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines

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Antimicrobial Activity Of Some Indian Medicinal Plants

R Dabur, A Gupta, TK Mandal, DD Singh, V Bajpai, AM Gurav, GS Lavekar


The antimicrobial potential of seventy-seven extracts from twenty-four plants was screened against eight bacteria and four pathogenic fungi, using microbroth dilution assay. Lowest concentration of the extract, which inhibits any visual microbial growth after treatment with p-iodonitrotetrazolium violet, was considered to be minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC). Water extracts of Acacia nilotica, Justicia zelanica, Lantana camara and Saraca asoca exhibited good activity against all the bacteria tested and the MIC was recorded in range of 9.375-37.5 μg/ml and 75.0-300.0 μg/ml against the bacterial and fungal pathogens, respectively. The other extracts of Phyllanthus urinaria, Thevetia nerifolia, Jatropha gossypifolia Saraca asoca, Tamarindus indica, Aegle marmelos, Acacia nilotica, Chlorophytum borivilianum, Mangifera indica, Woodfordia fruticosa and Phyllanthus emblica showed antimicrobial activity in a range of 75-1200 μg/ml.

Keywords: Antibacterial, Antifungal, Medicinal Plants, Microbroth dilution assay, folkloric medicine

African Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine Vol. 4 (3) 2007: pp. 313-318

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