ISSN: 0973-7510

E-ISSN: 2581-690X

Padma Deshmukh, Pooja Gupta and Ravi Shankar
Department of Microbiology, Smt. C.H.M. College, Ulhasnagar – 3, Thane, India.
J Pure Appl Microbiol. 2009;3(1):199-204
© The Author(s). 2009
Received: 08/12/2008 | Accepted: 07/01/2009| Published: 30/04/2009

Skin infections and resistance development are major problems in India. An herbal gel consisting of six medicinal plants viz: Curcuma longa, Berberis aristata, Citrus reticulate, Ficus reliogosa, Mangifera indica and Mesua ferrea  was screened for its antibacterial activity against resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Corynebacterium spp., the most implicated organisms in case of skin infections. Skin toxicity tests performed revealed that the herbal gel did not posses any toxic effects. Bactericidal efficacy of the herbal gel was found to be 100% within 2 hours of contact as compared to 3 hours in case of Benzoyl peroxide. Complete clearance of infection with no scaly or dry skin remnants was observed after 20 days in case of animal simulation models.


Skin infections, Herbal gel, Skin toxicity, Benzoyl peroxide

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