Medicinal Plants And Their Antifungal Activity Against Candida albicans

Author

Maryam Ahvazi1,2, Sahar Shahnazi1,MitraTaghizadeh1, 1Institute of Medicinal Plants, No.97, Bozorgmehr St.,Qods St. Enghelab Ave. Tehran, Iran, 2Science and research Unit, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

Proceeding

1st International Conference & Exhibition on Women's Health & Asian Traditional (WHAT) Medicine

Date

23/8/2005

Keyword

Candida albicans , Medicinal plants , Antimicrobial properties

Abstract

In recent years, antimicrobial properties of medicinal plants are being increasingly reported from different parts of the world . It is expected that plant extracts showing target sites other than those used by antibiotics will be active against drug-resistant microbial pathogens. However, very little information is available on such activity of medicinal plants . Many infectious diseases are known to be treated with herbal remedies throughout the history of mankind. Even today, plant materials continue to play a major role in primary health care as therapeutic remedies in many developing countries (Zakaria, 1991). Plants still continue to be almost the exclusive source of drugs for the majority of the world’s population. Yeasts tiny fungi-like organisms found on plant leaves, flowers and in soil and saltwater, assist in the decomposition and recycling of plants including algae Candida albicans is a saprophyte, a common yeast-like fungus that survives on dead tissues. Normally this organism is present in the blood, gastrointestinal tract and vaginas of warm-blooded animals. Candida also lives in the folds, creases, and wrinkles of our skin. Normally candida is a harmless symbiont, living in the gastrointestinal tract, kept under control by the inhibitory actions of benefical bacteria and a healthy immune system. In this stady we introduce some important medicinal plants that are used against Candida albicans infection in some part of the world.including: Allium sativum , Casuarina equistifolia , Citrus sinensis , Lawsonia inermis , Ocimum sanctum , Plumbago zeylanica , Punica granatum , Saussurea lappa , Nigella sativa , Hypericum scabrum , Thymus fallax , Allium scorodoprasum