Evaluation of antibacterial properties of some medicinal plants used in Iran

J Ethnopharmacol. 2004 Oct;94(2-3):301-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2004.06.007.


Forty-five species of 29 plant families used in the traditional medicine by Iranian people, showed antibacterial activities against one or more of the bacterial species: Bacillus cereus, Bacillus pumilus, Bordetella bronchiseptica, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Micrococcus luteus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Pseudomonas fluorescens, Serratia marcescens, Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis. No plant showed activity against Serratia marcescens; Bordetella bronchiseptica being the most susceptible species. All extracts showed the same activity 18 months later.

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / isolation & purification*
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / pharmacology*
  • Drug Evaluation, Preclinical / methods
  • Iran
  • Medicine, Traditional
  • Microbial Sensitivity Tests / statistics & numerical data
  • Plant Extracts / isolation & purification
  • Plant Extracts / pharmacology
  • Plant Structures
  • Plants, Medicinal*


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Plant Extracts