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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 22-25

Screening of selected single and polyherbal Ayurvedic medicines for Antibacterial and Antifungal activity


Department of Microbiology, S.RN.M.N College of Applied Sciences, Shivamogga-01, Karnataka, India

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T R Prashith Kekuda
Department of Microbiology, S.RN.M.N College of Applied Sciences, Shivamogga-01, Karnataka
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The present study deals with antimicrobial activity of ayurvedic drugs containing single herb (Amalaki Choorna and Yastimadhu Choorna) and combination of herbs (DN-90 and Asanadi Kwatha Choorna). Disc diffusion method was used to assess antibacterial activity and antifungal activity was tested using Poison food technique. Absence of bacterial growth around the discs impregnated with the aqueous extracts of drugs and reduction of fungal growth in poisoned plates indicated antimicrobial activity. Further, the results of antibacterial activity of Amalaki choorna were comparable with standard drug Streptomycin. Asanadi Kwatha Choorna inhibited bacteria to more extent than Yastimadhu choorna and DN-90. Among fungi tested, more antifungal activity was observed against Mucor sp. The antimicrobial activity of drugs tested could be due to active principles present in them.


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