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Phytother Res. 2003 Nov;17(9):1123-5.

Screening South Indian medicinal plants for antifungal activity against cutaneous pathogens.

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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, Albert Katz Department of Dryland Biotechnologies, Desert Plant Biotechnology Laboratory, Sede Boqer Campus, 84990, Israel.


In this study, twenty-eight South Indian medicinal plants were screened for their anti-fungal activity against six species of fungi (Trichophyton mentagrophytes, T. rubrum, T. soudanense, Candida albicans, Torulopsis glabrata, and C. krusei). Three plant species extracts, Celastrus paniculatus, Eriodendron anfractuosum and Ficus glomerata showed inhibitory activity. An aqueous extract of galls of Terminalia chebula showed inhibitory effects on three dermatophytes (Trichophyton spp.) and three yeasts (Candida spp.). Seeds extract of T. chebula inhibited only the growth of T. glabrata. An aqueous extract of T. chebula showed inhibitory effects higher than those measured in ethanol extracts. It is therefore suggested that tannins are plausible candidates for the anti-dermatophytic effects of T. chebula. Chebulinic acid, a known tannin of T. chebula was tested and found not inhibitory, thus a search for the active compound is needed.

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