Antimicrobial resistance and synergy in herbal medicine

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Mundy, Lorna, Pendry, Barbara and Rahman, M. 2016. Antimicrobial resistance and synergy in herbal medicine. Journal of Herbal Medicine. 6 (2), pp. 53-58.
AuthorsMundy, Lorna, Pendry, Barbara and Rahman, M.
Abstract

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a serious and growing threat to human health. The development
of new antibiotics is limited and slow. The tradition of synergy in herbal medicine is being used
as a source of research ideas. A literature review of antimicrobial research and plant synergy
published in a five year period was carried out using online databases. The in vitro findings were
that most of the research reported synergy both within plants and between plants and antibiotics.
Whole plant extracts and combinations of compounds were shown to be more effective
antimicrobials than isolated constituents. The discussion highlights that the in vitro herbal
research findings are difficult to apply to practice and aren’t progressing to clinical trials.
Collaborative, innovative, inter-disciplinary clinical research is recommended.

JournalJournal of Herbal Medicine
Journal citation6 (2), pp. 53-58
ISSN22108033
Year2016
PublisherElsevier
Accepted author manuscript
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CC BY-NC-ND
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1016/j.hermed.2016.03.001
Publication dates
Print05 Mar 2016
Publication process dates
Deposited14 Mar 2016
Accepted01 Mar 2016
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