EVALUATION OF ANTIBACTERIAL POTENTIAL OF THE TRADITIONAL MEDICINAL CLIMBER, SOLENA AMPLEXICAULIS (LAM.) GANDHI. (CUCURBITACEAE)
- Solena amplexicaulis,
- antibacterial activity,
- agar well diffusion method
Solena amplexicaulis (Cucurbitaceae) is a traditional medicinal climber generally prescribed for wound healing by the local healers in western districts of Tamil Nadu. The aim of the present study was focused on investigating the potential of antibacterial activity via in vitro approach. The aqueous and organic solvent extracts (hexane, benzene, chloroform and methanol) of the stem part of S. amplexicaulis were tested against 15 human pathogenic bacteria by agar well diffusion method. Results showed promising antibacterial activity against the bacteria tested. Among them, chloroform and benzene extracts were found to have more
potent inhibitory effect in comparison to the other extracts. It proves the therapeutic importance of the species in curing infectious diseases and encouraged for its extensive use in health care practices.