In vitro and in vivo screening of anthelmintic activity of ginger and curcumin on Ascaridia galli

Parasitol Res. 2013 Nov;112(11):3679-86. doi: 10.1007/s00436-013-3541-x. Epub 2013 Sep 18.


Intestinal helmintic infection, continue to be a cause of major concern in several parts of the world, particularly in the developing nations. The use of plant extracts to control poultry helminths is increasing in different rearing systems. The anthelmintic activity of ginger and curcumin was studied on the nematode Ascaridia galli. In vitro and in vivo studies were allocated. Live parasites for in vitro studies were collected from the intestine of naturally infected chickens. Some living worms were incubated at 37 °C in media containing ginger at three concentration levels (25, 50, and 100 mg/ml), and others were incubated in media containing curcumin at the same concentration levels. Another living worm group was incubated in media containing albendazole at a dose of 7.5 mg/ml. The extracts' efficacy was exhibited in a concentration-time-dependent manner mainly at 100 mg/ml and after 48 h. The in vivo study takes place on experimentally infected chickens. Group of infected chickens was treated with ginger extract at dose of 100 mg, another group was treated with curcumin extract at dose of 100 mg, and a third group was treated with albendazole at dose of 7.5 mg. In vivo study of ginger and curcumin recorded lower mortality rates than the in vitro study. It is concluded that ginger and curcumin extracts have potential anthelmintic properties against A. galli. Ginger in all concentrations used exhibited a higher death rate observed than curcumin. Their wormicidal effect is concentration-time dependent.

MeSH terms

  • Animal Experimentation
  • Animals
  • Anthelmintics / administration & dosage*
  • Anthelmintics / isolation & purification
  • Anthelmintics / pharmacology*
  • Ascaridia / drug effects*
  • Ascaridia / isolation & purification
  • Chickens
  • Curcuma / chemistry*
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Plant Extracts / administration & dosage*
  • Plant Extracts / isolation & purification
  • Plant Extracts / pharmacology*
  • Poultry Diseases / drug therapy
  • Poultry Diseases / parasitology
  • Survival Analysis
  • Time Factors
  • Zingiber officinale / chemistry*


  • Anthelmintics
  • Plant Extracts