Antibacterial Effect of Thai Plants against Acne
Title: Antimicrobial effects of Thai medicinal
plants against acne-inducing bacteria
Authors: Chomnawang MT, et al.
Publication: J Ethnopharmacol. 2005 Jul 8; [Epub
ahead of print]
The authors used crude extracts of medicial plants found in Thailand
to see which ones can inhibit the growth of acne causing bacteria
Propionibacterium acnes and Staphylococcus epidermidis in a test
tube. They found that Senna alata, Eupatorium odoratum, Barleria
lupulina, and especially Garcinia mangostana, can inhibit bacterial
The extract of Garcinia mangostana, a plant xanthone derivative
called mangostin, is shown to be responsible for the antimicrobial
effect of this plant.