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Antimicrobial Activity of Catharanthus roseus – A Detailed Study

Author(s): Prajakta J. Patil | Jai S. Ghosh

Journal: British Journal of Pharmacology and Toxicology
ISSN 2044-2459

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 40;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Catharanthus | leafextracts | periwinkle | leafextracts. | prophylaxis | Pseudomonas

Catharanthus roseus (periwinkle) is an important medicinal plant for novel pharmaceuticals since most of the bacterial pathogens are developing resistance against many of the currently available anti microbial drugs. Plants have proved to be significant natural resources for effective chemotherapeutic agents and offering a broad spectrum of activity with greater emphasis on preventive action. This study aims to investigate some of the anti microbial properties of this plant. The anticancer properties of Catharanthus roseus has been the major interest in all investigations. The antimicrobial activity has been checked against microorganisms like Pseudomonas aeruginosa NCIM 2036, Salmonella typhimurium NCIM 2501, Staphylococcus aureus NCIM 5021. The findings show that the extracts from the leaves of this plant can be used as prophylactic agent in many of the diseases, which sometime are of the magnitude of an epidemic.
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