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J Ethnopharmacol. 1997 Jan;55(2):151-9.

Anticandidal activity of Santolina chamaecyparissus volatile oil.

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Department of Pharmacology, J.S.S. College of Pharmacy, Tamil Nadu, India.


A search for naturally occurring drugs with antifungal activity lead to Santolina oil, a volatile oil distillate of Santolina chamaecyparissus. The studies revealed that Santolina oil was effective in controlling experimental candidiasis in vitro and in vivo. It had a synergistic effect on clotrimazole in controlling Candida albicans in vitro. It significantly controlled experimental vaginal candidiasis and experimental systemic candidosis. Santolina oil was able to control the superficial cutaneous mycoses. It is recommended as a potential candidate for further studies, including clinical studies.

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