Fighting Multidrug Resistance with Herbal Extracts, Essential Oils and Their Components

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9780123985392
eBook ISBN: 9780124017085
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 10th June 2013
Page Count: 296
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Fighting Multidrug Resistance with Herbal Extracts, Essential Oils and their Components offers scientists a single source aimed at fighting specific multidrug-resistant (MDR) microorganisms such as bacteria, protozoans, viruses and fungi using natural products. This essential reference discusses herbal extracts and essential oils used or under investigation to treat MDR infections, as well as those containing antimicrobial activity that could be of potential interest in future studies against MDR microorganisms. The need to combat multidrug-resistant microorganisms is an urgent one and this book provides important coverage of mechanism of action, the advantages and disadvantages of using herbal extracts, essential oils and their components and more to aid researchers in effective antimicrobial drug discovery

Key Features

  • Addresses the need to develop safe and effective approaches to coping with resistance to all classes of antimicrobial drugs
  • Provides readers with current evidence-based content aimed at using herbal extracts and essential oils in antimicrobial drug development
  • Includes chapters devoted to the activity of herbal products against herpes, AIDS, tuberculosis, drug-resistant cancer cells and more


Natural product researchers, pharmacologists, pharmaceutical scientists and researchers involved in antimicrobial drug discovery, applied microbiology, infectious disease research and antibiotic resistance

Table of Contents

1 Alternative antimicrobial approaches to fighting multidrug-resistant infections
2 Natural agents from plants used against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
3 Bioactivity of plant constituents against vancomycin-resistant enterococci
4 The use of natural products as an alternative against Candida species resistant to conventional chemotherapeutics
5 Use of plants in the search for drugs to treat tuberculosis
6 Use of essential oils and their components against multidrug-resistant bacteria
7 Natural products and their perspectives in developing new leishmanicidal molecules
8 Natural products with activity against Schistosoma species
9 Botanical as adjunct therapy and treatment for multidrug-resistant staphylococcal infections
10 Combining essential oils with antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents as a way of coping with multidrug-resistant bacteria
11 Antimicrobial potential of some medicinal plants and their synergistic property: an alternative source to fight against multidrug-resistant pathogenic microorganisms
12 Perspectives and key factors on the usage of herbal extracts against multidrug-resistant gram-negative microorganisms
13 Use of plant-derived extracts and bioactive compound mixtures against multidrug-resistant bacteria affecting animal health and production
14 Essential oils from Compositae family against multidrug-resistant bacteria
15 Harnessing traditional knowledge in the management of multidrug-resistance and prevention of emerging infectious diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa
16 Natural products with activity against multidrug-resistant tumor cells
17 Development of new antiherpetic drugs based on plant extracts: a review


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"The book is well organized and its 17 chapters cover a host of topics, from basic mechanisms of multidrug resistance to specific plant genera…and select phytochemicals that offer promise…For researchers interested in the current status of phytochemicals for treating multidrug-resistant microorganisms, this book is an invaluable resource." --HerbalGram, Spring 2014