Identification of traditional medicinal plant extracts with novel anti-influenza activity.
Dhivya Rajasekaran, Enzo A Palombo, Tiong Chia Yeo, Diana Lim Siok Ley, Chu Lee Tu, Francois Malherbe, Lara Grollo
PLoS One | Published : 2013
The emergence of drug resistant variants of the influenza virus has led to a need to identify novel and effective antiviral agents. As an alternative to synthetic drugs, the consolidation of empirical knowledge with ethnopharmacological evidence of medicinal plants offers a novel platform for the development of antiviral drugs. The aim of this study was to identify plant extracts with proven activity against the influenza virus. Extracts of fifty medicinal plants, originating from the tropical rainforests of Borneo used as herbal medicines by traditional healers to treat flu-like symptoms, were tested against the H1N1 and H3N1 subtypes of the virus. In the initial phase, in vitro micro-inhib..View full abstract