A Plant that can be Effective against Microbial Diseases

Published on: 05 Feb, 2013
Published under: General Kerala News, Kerala Health News, Thiruvananthapuram District News

4 Feb 2013
Thiruvananthapuram

Researchers at University College here have proved that Tricopus zeylanicus, locally known as Arogyapacha, is effective against a range of bacterial strains. The plant is already known for its anti-stress, liver protective, antioxidant, and aphrodisiac properties. This medicinal plant endemic to the southern Western Ghats region could soon become a potent weapon in the fight against microbial diseases.

Since 1987, when scientists at the Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI) discovered it deep inside the Agastyar hill forest, Arogyapacha has been hailed as a miracle plant for its medicinal properties.

According to Mr. Saj, the project had established the potential of Tricopus zeylanicus to open up a new front in the fight against microbes responsible for diseases like pneumonia, skin infections and stomach disorders. The team also discovered anticancer compounds in the leaf extracts. This, he said, would require further tests for verification.

Source– http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/kerala/wonder-plant-for-microbial-diseases/article4375782.ece

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