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Iran Red Crescent Med J. 2011 Jul;13(7):480-6. Epub 2011 Jul 1.

The Effect of Commiphora molmol (Myrrh) in Treatment of Trichomoniasis vaginalis infection.

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Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Pharmacy, October 6 University, Cairo, Egypt.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Trichomoniasis vaginalis is now an important worldwide health problem. Metronidazole has so far been used in treatment, but the metronidazole-resistant strains and unpleasant adverse effects have been de-veloped. Myrrh is one of the oldest known medicinal plants used by the ancient Egyptians for medical purposes and for mummification. Commiphora molmol (Myrrh) proved safe for male reproductive organ which is the main habitat of T. vaginalis and this study aims to evaluate the efficacy of the herbal against T. vaginalis in females.

METHODS:

In the present study, 33 metronidazole-resistant T. vaginalis females were treated with a combined course of metronidazole and tinidazole. Those still resistant to the combined treatment were given C. molmol. Also, natural plant extract purified from pomegranate (Punica granatum, Roman) was in-vitro investigated for its efficacy against T. vaginalis on Diamond media.

RESULTS:

The anti-T. vaginalis activity of both P. granatum (in-vitro) and C. molmol (in-vivo) extracts gave promis-ing results.

CONCLUSION:

The anti-T. vaginalis activity of P. granatum and C. molmol showed promising results indicating to sources of new anti-Ttrichomonas agents.

KEYWORDS:

Commiphora molmol; Punica granatum; Treatment; Trichomonas vaginalis; Trichomoniasis

PMID:
22737515
PMCID:
PMC3371981
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