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In vitro Antidermatophytic activity of Lawsonia inermis L.(Heena) leaves extract against ringworm

Anil Kumara* & Punam Kumaria
aDepartment of Botany, Ranchi College Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
Received : 5th January, 2017 ; Revised : 3rd March, 2017

Abstract : Dermatophytes are the group of fungal genera which can invade the keratinized tissue and invade the skin. Some of the skin infections are known as “Ringworm” or “Tinea” restricted to the non-living cornified layer of skin confirmed by Cheesbrough1. Plant Lawsonia inermis L. exhibit a lot of medicinal properties including antifungal properties by Iqbal et al2 .This study was carried out to elucidate the antifungal activity of leaf extract of Lawsonia inermis L. against selected species of dermatophytes i.e. Trichophyton rubrum and Microsporum gypseum Different concentration of Heena leaf extract varing from 12.5mg to 100mg was tested against the dermatophytes. With the media (SDA) sabouraud dextrose agar, the leaf extract is treated against the dermatophytes and efficacy is recorded. The result shows that these leaf extract of Henna shows high inhibitory impacts in higher concentration. The findings of the study confirmed the usefulness of leaf extract of Lawsonia inermis L. in the treatment of ringworm and can be used in the drug industry.

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