ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITY OF STEM BARK OF COMBRETUM ALBIDUM G. DON; A TRADITIONAL MEDICINAL LIANAAbstract
Traditional knowledge and ethno–botanical use of plants have been widely acknowledged all over the world. In the present scenario, emergence of multiple drug resistance to human pathogenic organisms, this has necessitated a search for new antimicrobial substances from other sources including plants. Combretum albidum, a traditional medicinal liana, used by rural peoples, villagers and tribals residing in different parts of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, to treat various ailments. The Muthuvans, Chinnar tribe of Idukki district, Kerala is using stem bark of this plant as a remedy for Jaundice. The present study carried out to check the antimicrobial activity of water and methanol extracts of stem bark of C. albidum. The result showed significant antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumonia, Proteus mirabilis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Bacillus subtilis and Salmonella typhimurium.
Sreekanth Sreedhar, B. Nitha and A.B. Rema Shree*
Centre for Medicinal Plants Research (CMPR), Arya Vaidya Sala, Kottakkal, Malappuram- 676 503, Kerala, India
03 March, 2013
16 May, 2013
01 August, 2013