Hippocratic Journal of Unani Medicine

Hippocratic Journal of Unani Medicine, October - December 2014, Vol. 9 No. 4, Pages 165-170

Anticandidal Activity of Ornamental Punica granatum Linn. Flowers

Meeradevi Sri P., Ramasamy D., Mageswari S., Rampratap Meena, Jameeluddin, ShamsulArifin and Aminuddin

Abstract

Punica granatum Linn. is a shrub belonging to the family Punicaceae. It is often a cross pollinated food crop and has large forms of cultivars in various regions of the world. Double flower – Punica granatum is an ornamental type where the flowers have numerous petals and look like a rose flower and have a significant ornamental value. In Unani system of medicine, these flowers are called as “Gulnar” and are used as one of the ingredient in many formulations. Though the flower has significant therapeutic use since antiquity, many fundamental aspects including pharmacological and microbiological activities are lacking. Hence, in the present study, the anticandidal potency of the flowers of Punica granatum was studied against the clinical strains of Candida albicans collected from various laboratories and hospitals responsible for causing oral thrush or candidiasis in human. The alcoholic extract of the flowers found to have good anticandidal effect and had a significant control against most of the strains tested. The MIC dosage level was also determined

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