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J Ethnopharmacol. 1994 Aug;44(1):35-40.

Antibacterial activity of plant extracts used externally in traditional medicine.

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Institute of Pharmacognosy, University of Graz, Austria.


Plants of 28 families, selected on the basis of medicinal folklore reports and literature data, were studied in a screening program. Aqueous extracts of plants used externally for the treatment of infected skin lesions were tested for their antibacterial potential. The results indicated that about 60% of the plant extracts tested exhibited some level of antibacterial action.

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