Journal of Natural Medicines

, Volume 61, Issue 3, pp 313–317 | Cite as

Antibacterial activity of some Indian medicinal plants

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Abstract

Aqueous extracts of ten medicinal plants were examined for their antibacterial potential against some reference strains of human pathogenic bacteria. Anethum graveolens, Elettaria cardamomum, Foeniculum vulgare, Trachyspermum ammi and Viola odorata were found to be better/equally effective compared to standard antibiotics. V. odorata was the most effective antibacterial with minimum inhibitory concentration values ranging from 1 to 2%. The results provide a scientific basis for the centuries-old usage of aqueous extracts of these medicinal plants.

Keywords

Antibacterial activity Antibiotics Bactericidal activity Medicinal plants Minimum inhibitory concentration 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Microbial Technology Laboratory, Department of MicrobiologyGuru Nanak Dev UniversityAmritsarIndia

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