Gullas College of Medicine - University of the Visayas
Many different types of natural medicine use herbs as part of their practice. There is no literally no culture, ancient modern, that did not use plants information that we've lost since the invention of synthetic drugs.
Malunggay (Moringa oleifera) Moringacea, besides providing a natural energy boost, is also reported to strengthen immune system, restore skin condition, control blood pressure, handle headaches and migraines, manage diabetes sugar level, reduce inflammation and arthritis pains, restrict tumors and heal ulcers. Having these properties prompted the researchers to determine if it also possesses an antimicrobial property to destroy and inhibit growth of Staphylococcus aureus. Thus, its inhibitory property was tested through disk diffusion test in which the zones of inhibitions were measured to the nearest millimeter.
The study was able to determine that, although Malunggay is effective in strengthening immune system, controlling blood pressure and its other properties, it does not encompass the ability to inhibit the growth of Staphylococcus aureus. However, an experimental study with the use of other strains and families of organism used by the researchers was merely resistant to Malunggay leaves extract or if Malunggay leaves extract does not really contain antibacterial properties. The researchers also recommend the use of other parts of the Malunggay tree, like its roots and bark, to determine its antimicrobial properties.
To determine the inhibitory effect of Malunggay leaves decoction on the groeth of Staphylococcus aureus
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