Could the products of Indian medicinal plants be the next alternative for the treatment of infections?

Nandagopal, B.; Sankar, S.; Ramamurthy, M.; Sathish, S.; Sridharan, G.
April 2011
Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology;Apr2011, Vol. 29 Issue 2, p93
Academic Journal
Indian medicinal plants are now recognized to have great potential for preparing clinically useful drugs that could even be used by allopathic physicians. Traditionally, practitioners of Indian medicine have used plant products in powder, syrup or lotion forms, without identification, quantifi cation and dose regulation, unlike their allopathic counterparts. The present review explores the immense potential of the demonstrated effect of Indian medicinal plants on microbes, viruses and parasites. In the present context, with the available talent in the country like pharmaceutical chemists, microbiologists, biotechnologists and interested allopathic physicians, significant national effort towards identifi cation of an "active principle" of Indian medicinal plants to treat human and animal infections should be a priority.


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