Medicinal plants are valuable natural sources effective against various infectious agents. Extracts from Libyan traditional medicinal plants were investigated for antibacterial activity. In this study, the potential antibacterial activity of extracts from eight Libyan traditional medicinal plants against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was investigated in-vitro. Susceptibility assays using disc diffusion and broth microdilution test for the determination of minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) were used to assess the antibacterial activity of methanolic extracts from medicinal plants. Medicinal plants may serve as useful bactericidal agents and warrant further investigation to better evaluate their particular therapeutic potentials and optimize their application. Medicinal plants are commonly available resources, have less if no side effects, economic and have antimicrobial properties.
The majority of these medicinal plants used in this study are applied in traditional medicine in many Libyan regions to cure different disorders. Medicinal plants are considered one of the most valuable resources for antibiotic development. Pathogenic strains of antibioticresistant bacteria have emerged due to the misuse of antibiotics. As a result, bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, which are in turn less effective after extended periods of use. Pharmaceutical companies whose efforts are focused on the production and manufacture of antibiotics strive to manufacture new generations of antibiotics capable of treating such antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains. In recent years, publications from several countries have reported the use of active compounds extracted from medicinal plants, which may benefit antibiotic development. Many studies have extracted active compounds from medicinal plants that exhibit a synergistic effect against some bacterial species.
Last date updated on July, 2014