Author(s): Shylaja Prabhakaran, KM Gothandam, Karthikeyan Sivashanmugam
Traditional medicine practice by tribal population of globe has been a greatest mystery which has not been unraveled so far. Studies on them could lead to finding of novel drugs for effective treatment of various diseases caused by commensals and pathogens. We have chosen one of the most commonly used fruit Syzygium cumini for the present study to screen and analyze the phytochemical and antimicrobial properties they posses. The study revealed that Syzygium cumini extracts contains rich availability of carbohydrates, phenols, flavonoids and tannins as their secondary metabolites. Further the ethanolic extracts of leaves and aqueous extracts of seeds were found to have very high anti microbial property for wide range of gram positive and gram negative bacterial strains.