A REVIEW ON THE ANTIBACTERIAL POTENTIAL OF INVASIVE WEEDS USED FOR THE TREATMENT OF CARBUNCLE IN PURULIA DISTRICT OF WEST BENGAL INDIAAbstract
Carbuncle is a serious skin disease that affects tribal communities very quickly. The disease is generally caused by Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, or Streptococcus pyogens. Due to increasing drug resistance in these bacterial strains, it has become very difficult to treat carbuncle with modern antibiotics. The information about tribal peoples using invasive weeds to treat carbuncle is empirical due to the lack of scientific validation. In this review, we focused on the antibacterial potential of invasive weeds used for the treatment of carbuncle in Purulia district of West Bengal, India. Studies by many researchers showed that those invasive weeds strongly inhibited Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, and many other pathogenic bacterial strains. So, this review work scientifically validates the use of invasive weeds for the treatment of carbuncle by tribal peoples of Purulia. This review work will also help in the discovery of new antimicrobial agents from invasive weeds and introducing them to the modern day’s medicine.
A. Bera, S. Maiti and N. Banerjee *
Department of Botany and Forestry, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, West Bengal, India.
12 February 2020
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