Antimicrobial assays of three native British plants used in Anglo-Saxon medicine for wound healing formulations in 10th century England
Watkins, F., Pendry, B., Sanchez-Medina, A. and Corcoran, O. 2012. Antimicrobial assays of three native British plants used in Anglo-Saxon medicine for wound healing formulations in 10th century England. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 144 (2), pp. 408-415.
|Authors||Watkins, F., Pendry, B., Sanchez-Medina, A. and Corcoran, O.|
Ethnopharmacological relevance: Three important Anglo-Saxon medical texts from the 10th century contain herbal formulations for over 250 plant species, many of which have yet to be evaluated for their phytochemical and/or pharmacological properties. In this study, three native British plants were selected to determine antimicrobial activity relevant to treating bacterial infections and wounds.
Conclusions: The results indicate a moderate antimicrobial activity against common wound pathogens for P.reptans suggesting it may well have been effective for treating wound and bacterial infections. Anglo-Saxon literary heritage may provide a credible basis for researching new antimicrobial formulations. Our approach encompassing advanced analytical technologies and chemometric models paves the way for systematic investigation of Anglo-Saxon medical literature for further therapeutic indications to uncover knowledge of native British plants, some of which are currently lost to modern Western herbal medicine.
|Keywords||ethnopharmacology; herbal medicine; Anglo-Saxon medicine|
|Journal||Journal of Ethnopharmacology|
|Journal citation||144 (2), pp. 408-415|
|Publisher||Elsevier for International Society for Ethnopharmacology|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1016/j.jep.2012.09.031|
|21 Nov 2012|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||08 Nov 2012|
|Copyright information||NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Ethnopharmacology. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 144(2), doi:10.1016/j.jep.2012.09.031|
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