Filipendula: Antibiotic activity of meadowsweet

by Paul Bergner

Medical Herbalism 6(1):13

Antibiotic activity was examined in the rhizomes leaves, flowers, and upper stems. An alcohol extract of the plant was mixed with a water extract of the plant (1 ml = 1 g herb) and found to be effective against Streptococcus pyogenes hemolyticus, Staphylococcus aureus hemolyticus, Escherichia coli, Shigella flexneri, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Bacillus subtilis in concentrations of 5% and 10% (g extract to 100 ml culture medium).

Summary: Most of you know Filipendula ulmaria for its antirheumatic, anodyne, and diuretic effects. It appears to have some antimicrobial activity as well.

Csedo K, Monea M, et al. “The antibiotic activity of filipendula ulmaria.” Planta medica 1993;59:A675

Copyright 2001 Paul Bergner

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