Role of herbal medicines in the treatment of infectious diseases


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Doi: 10.1007/s42535-022-00549-2
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Keywords: Herbal medicines, Infectious diseases, COVID 19, Alkaloids, In vitro studies, Medicinal plants


Herbal medicines have helped to cure illness because the practice has continued for generations. Multiple alkaloids/compounds that occur naturally (as against single extracts) exhibit synergistic actions such as antiviral, antibacterial, anti-protozoal, and antioxidant. The cases related to viral, protozoal, and bacterial infections were selected. Patients with amoebiasis, E-coli, gastrointestinal infection, skin and urinary tract infections were treated using herbal drugs. Diagnoses were confirmed with investigations. Due to their cost effectiveness, these medicines are in great demand for primary health care with cultural acceptability and minimal side effects. The aim of the reported study is to show the actual use of Indian medicinal plants used for the treatment of various types of infectious diseases. Cases varying from COVID 19 to gastrointestinal infection, viral diseases, skin and wound infections are being treated effectively with herbal drugs.

Herbal medicines, Infectious diseases, COVID 19, Alkaloids, In vitro studies, Medicinal plants

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The author (RSC) acknowledges the constant support from Dr. Anushree Lokur, Principal, Ramnarain Ruia Autonomous College, Mumbai, India and also expresses his gratitude to Dr. Barve′s Clinic, Mumbai for the clinical results. RSC thanks Navjeet Kaur for arranging the whole manuscript as per standard of the journal. RSB thanks AIMIL Vadodara Laboratory, Vadodara, India and Dr. Pusalkar’s laboratory, Sewree, Mumbai, India.

Author Information

Chaughule Ramesh S.
Department of Chemistry, Ramnarain Ruia Autonomous College, Mumbai, India
Barve Rajesh S.
Department of Repertory, Virar Homeopathic Medical College, Virar, India