Efficacy of methanol and chloroform extracts of Euphorbia hirta Linn in inhibiting pathogens
N. Jyothirmayi*and Saripalli. H. K. R. Prasad,
Journal Title:Journal of Chemical, Biological and physical sciences
Plants have been in therapeutic use since the beginning of disease which, in itself is immemorial.
Traditionally plants have been used for treating various human ailments such as malaria, parasitic
infections, tumors, fungal and bacterial and leishmanicidal infections. Still a number of plants are yet to be
screened for their potential as medicinal plants. In accordance with this information, antibacterial and
antifungal activities of the seeds of Euphorbia hirta L., which is commonly considered as medicinal plant,
were tested. Solvent extracts of seeds of Euphorbia hirta Linn made in methanol and chloroform were
tested for antimicrobial activity against Escherichia coli, Bacillus subtilis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa,
Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus fumigatus and Candida albicans. Both solvent extracts were found to be
effective against all the tested organisms.