we all know that some plants can heal us and do more for us than others but if you don’t know what those plants are it isn’t going to do you any good, is it? Chances are, you’ve heard of this plant but never considered using it in this manner.

In this study, researchers at the University of Gondar in Ethiopia took the time to look at the antibacterial and wound-healing properties of an 80 percent methanol extract of Hibiscus micranthus. They carried out in vitro antibacterial screenings against some of the more damaging bacterial strains, for example, Staphylococcus aureus. It proved to be quite potent against these bacteria and even proved to be quite beneficial for our healing process.

The results of this study go as follows:

Preliminary phytochemical screening have revealed the presence of alkaloids, flavonoids, saponins, tannins, steroids, phenols, diterpenes, anthraquinones and the absence of glycosides, terpinoides, and triterpenes. Based on acute oral toxicity test the extract was found to be safe up to a dose of 2 g/kg. In addition, acute dermal toxicity test indicated no sign of skin irritation. The leaves extract exhibited varying degrees of sensitivity with zones of inhibition ranging from 14.00 ± 0.333 (S.pyogenes) to 22.67 ± 1.202 mm (S.aureus). It was found that S. aureus and S. pneumonia (p < 0.05) were the most sensitive to the extracts of the leaves at concentrations of 800 μg/ml and 400 μg/ml respectively followed by P. aeuruginosa [(18.33 ± .333 mm) (p < 0.05)] at a concentration of 400 μg/ml. However, E. coli and P. mirabilis were found to be resistant to the extract at any of the applied doses. In the wound healing study, the 5 and 10% w/w extract exhibited significant wound contraction rate of 99.30% and 99.13% as compared to NFZ ointment and simple ointment base treated groups from 6th to 16th day, respectively (p < 0.05).

You see, to test the wound healing activity of this extract they divided over 20 mice into four separate groups. These groups were a control group, nitrofurazone ointment treated group, ten percent H. micranthus extract treated group, and five percent H. micranthus treated group. The two groups with different dosages of the extract showed significant wound contraction rate as compared to the NFZ ointment. It was significantly greater.

What do you think about these findings? Things like this are all around us. There are tons of uses for all the plants surrounding us, we just have to know how to use them.


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