Antimicrobial potential of some plant extracts against Candida species

Braz J Biol. 2010 Nov;70(4):1065-8. doi: 10.1590/s1519-69842010000500022.


The increase in the resistance to antimicrobial drugs in use has attracted the attention of the scientific community, and medicinal plants have been extensively studied as alternative agents for the prevention of infections. The Candida genus yeast can become an opportunistic pathogen causing disease in immunosuppressive hosts. The purpose of this study was to evaluate dichloromethane and methanol extracts from Mentha piperita, Rosmarinus officinalis, Arrabidaea chica, Tabebuia avellanedae, Punica granatum and Syzygium cumini against Candida species through the analysis of Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC). Results presented activity of these extracts against Candida species, especially the methanol extract.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Antifungal Agents / isolation & purification
  • Antifungal Agents / pharmacology*
  • Candida / classification
  • Candida / drug effects*
  • Methanol / pharmacology
  • Methylene Chloride / pharmacology
  • Microbial Sensitivity Tests
  • Plant Extracts / isolation & purification
  • Plant Extracts / pharmacology*
  • Plants, Medicinal / chemistry*
  • Plants, Medicinal / classification


  • Antifungal Agents
  • Plant Extracts
  • Methylene Chloride
  • Methanol