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Anti-Candida Activity of Some of the Iranian Medicinal Plants

In this study, anti-Candida activities of extract and essential oil of nine Iranian folklore plants including, Satureja bachtiarica Bunge., Thymus daenensis Celak., Scrophularia striata Boiss., Thymbra spicata L., Tanacetum polycephalum Schultz., Artemisia kermanensis PodI., Ziziphus spina-christi (L.) Willd., Trachyspermum ammi (L.) Sprague ex Turrill./ Carum copticum L. and Quercus brantii Lindl. were investigated against of Candida albicans by agar disc diffusion assay. The results showed that essential oils from five herbs showed anti-Candida activity, including Satureja bachtiarica, Thymus daenensis, Thymbra spicata, Tanacetum polycephalum and Trachyspermum ammi. Also, the extracts of Scrophularia striata and Ziziphus spina-christi were the most active effective at any of the concentrations tested. The essential oil and extract of Artemisia kermanensis and Quercus brantii were not effective at any of the concentrations tested. In conclusion it can be said that the extract and essential oil of some of the Iranian medicinal plants could be used as natural anti-Candida.

Author(s): Abdollah Ghasemi Pirbalouti, Mahmood Bahmani, Majid Avijgan

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