publication . Article . 2009

Traditional herbal medicines: potential degradation of sterols and sterolins by microbial contaminants

D. du Plessis-Stoman; T.G. Downing; M. van de Venter; S. Govender;
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  • Published: 01 Apr 2009 Journal: South African Journal of Science, volume 105, issue 3 (issn: 0038-2353, eissn: 1996-7489, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Academy of Science of South Africa
Medicinal plants with a high content of sterols and sterolins, such as Bulbine natalensis (rooiwortel) and Hypoxis hemerocallidea (African potato), are commonly and inappropriately used in South Africa for the treatment of HIV/AIDS due to the inaccessibility of antiretroviral drugs. This study investigated the presence of active compounds, such as sterols and sterolins, in the herbal medicines. The research was carried out in the Nelson Mandela Metropole area. The effect of microbial contaminants isolated from the medicines on sterols and sterolins of rooiwortel extracts was assessed. Sterols and sterolins were detected in rooiwortel, raw African potatoes and on...
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Medical Subject Headings: food and beverages
free text keywords: traditional herbal medicine, biodegradation, microbial contaminants, active compounds, lcsh:Science, lcsh:Q, lcsh:Science (General), lcsh:Q1-390, lcsh:Social Sciences, lcsh:H, lcsh:Social sciences (General), lcsh:H1-99, Traditional medicine, Hypoxis hemerocallidea, biology.organism_classification, biology, Pseudomonas putida, Bulbine, Aspergillus, Mucor, Botany, Penicillium, Microbial biodegradation, Medicinal plants
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Received 29 February. Accepted 12 December 2008.

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