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Plantago for tuberculosis treatment

When I was  child my grandma use to use the Plantago leaves to protect the bleeding of scratches and to protect me from infection as she said. And I was amazed when I saw an article about antituberculosis properties of Plantago compounds, exactly diosporin derivatives. Antimicrobial activity was shown not only for Mycobacterium smegmatis and M. tuberculosis but also for other species of the pathogenic and opportunistic bacteria. So, the old treatment made a step to the real world science.



Diosporin:
DOI: 10.1111/j.1747-0285.2010.00987.x
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Plumbagin
DOI: 10.1002/med.20235
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