By Hwaa Irfan
As Europe and the U.S., struggle this summer with new antibiotic resistant strains of e.coli and salmonella, modern medical research now returns to nature to solve a problem that is a
creation of modern medicine, and the pharmaceutical industry.
Indian wild plants have been investigated for their phytochemical potency as antibacterial and
antifungal treatment in the case of oral cancer. Researchers from Rohtak, India explored plants such as asparagus, desert dates, false daisy, curry tree, castor oil, and fenugreek.
The research involved 40 patients who were experiencing a compromised immune system as a result of allopathic/orthodox treatment. The effect on a broad spectrum of bacteria and fungi were investigated including E. coli, S. aureus,Candida, Aspergillus, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, all of which are difficult to treat with the conventional antibiotics we know and love.
The researchers found desert dates, and castor oil plant to be effective at targeting a broad
spectrum of bacteria, and fungi. Dr Jaya Parkash Yadav commented:
“Natural medicines are increasingly important in treating disease and traditional knowledge provides a starting point in the search for plant-based medicines. Importantly we found that the extraction process had a huge effect on both the specificity and efficacy of the plantextracts against microbes…”
“Although the plants tested had a lower potency than conventional antibiotics they offer hope against resistant species. These results are a starting point for further testing in the lab and clinic.”
There is a long list of plants that transfer their self defence mechanisms against attack in the environment to human benefit, and they include:
Galangal/Thai ginger (Alpinia galanga) – against: E .coli
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) – against: E .coli
Basil/Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) – against: S. aureus, K. pneumoniae. , E. coli, P.
aeruginosa, S. typhi
Clove (E. caryophyllata) – against: P. aeruginosa, S.Typhi, S. paratyphi
Neem (Azadirachta Indica) – against: S. aureus, K. Pneumonia, P. aeruginosa, S.Typhi, S. paratyphi
Nutta Tree/Doura/Neretou (Parkia biglandulosa) (Stem bark) – against: S.
aureus, K. Pneumonia
Parkia biglandulosa (Acetone extract) – against: E. aerogenes, K. Pneumonia, P. Vulgaris, pneumonia, S. typhi
Suma/Brazilian ginseng – against: (Pfaffia paniculata) C. albicans.
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