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Monday, October 21, 2019

Researchers found four Cordillera plants effective against multi-resistant bacteria

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Cordillera - Researchers from the University of the Philippines-Baguio have discovered four indigenous plants found in the Cordillera Administrative Region to have medicinal properties that could be used as an alternative to antibiotics bought in the market. 

The researchers had confirmed these indigenous plants namely Nepenthes alata, a pitcher plant locally known as kakallong, Bauhinia pupurea or butterfly tree, Ficus septica or tibig, and Melastoma malabathricum or bakgi to be effective against a type of multi-resistant  bacteria. 

According to a study conducted by the researchers, enzymes extracted from these plants can kill the multi-resistant bacteria that cause pneumonia and bloodstream infection.

"Their bioactive compounds can be used as an alternative to the commercially available antibiotics since they can significantly control the growth of the multi-resistant P.aeruginosa," read the paper published in the Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge. 

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a leading pathogen among patients with lung disease that has the ability to develop resistance to antibiotics.

In a study conducted by biologist Charlotte Elmido, Kryssa Balangcod and Teodora Balangcod, they found out that enzymes extracted from the steams of tibig plants and from the leaves of butterfly tree to be the most effective in killing the bacteria. 

They also said that tibig contains enzymes known to have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, while the butterfly tree has potential bioactive compounds that can inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria.

Their study also confirmed kalkallong to have antibacterial properties while the leaves of bagki also contain enzymes that can heal wound and reduce pain.

The researchers have underscored the unexplored diversity of indigenous plants in the Cordillera and their potential in the field of pharmaceutical and medicine. 

source || philstar.com
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1 comments:

  1. Wow..ang galing naman. Goodbye na sa mga synthetic drugs

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