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The Inhibitory Effect of Malunggay (Moringa olleifera) Leaves Decoction on the Growth of Staphylococcus aureus Under Laboratory Conditions.

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Gullas College of Medicine - University of the Visayas

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Publication Type
Thesis/Dissertations
Thesis Degree
MD
Publication Date
March 2005

Abstract

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.


 

Objectives

To determine the inhibitory effect of Malunggay leaves decoction on the groeth of Staphylococcus aureus

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