Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3761


Crude sample preparation, extraction and in vitro screening for antimicrobial activity of selected wound healing medicinal plants in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: A review

S. Ghuman1 and R. M. Coopoosamy2*
1Department of Environmental Health, Mangosuthu University of Technology, P. O. Box 12363, Jacobs, KZN 4026, South Africa. 2Department of Nature Conservation, Mangosuthu University of Technology, P. O. Box 12363, Jacobs, KZN 4026, South Africa.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 17 May 2011
  •  Published: 18 August 2011


Plant materials (leaves, stems, bulbs and roots) of many species of medicinal plants are used in the treatment of skin conditions and wound healing. Indigeneous people are known to widely use the crude extracts of many plants. A large number of plants  have been identified for their antimicrobial activities for various medicinal ailments particularly for skin conditions and wound healing. Plant extracts of Aloe arborescensAloe aristataBulbine natalensisBulbine frutescens and Scilla natalensis were tested for antibacterial activity against 5 strains of Gram positive (Bacillus subtilisMicrococcus kristinaeBacillus cereus,Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis) and 4 strains of Gram negative (Escherichia coliProteus vulgarisEnterobacter aerogenes and Shigella sonnei) bacteria and antifungal activity for 6 fungal cultures: Candida albicansCandida tropicalis,Aspergillus flavusAspergillus glaucusTrichophyton mentagrophytes and Trichophyton rubrum.


Key words: Sample preparation, extraction, antimicrobial screening, wound healing, medicinal plants.