ANTI-BACTERIAL AND ANTI-FUNGAL STUDIES OF PIGNUT OR BARBADOS NUT.

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Pignut/Barbados nut is highly medicinal. A study on it had revealed its potency.

Pignut or Barbados nut is scientifically known as JATROPHA CURCAS LINN. In Nigeria, and in the Igboland in particular, Agulu called it Ugbolo; Umuakpo called it Okweni.  Generaaly, it is known as Bulu Olu. In Yoruba: Ijebu called it cengirun, Ijesha called it botuje-ubo. In Hausa, it is called bii ni da zuguu while Gwari called it kwotewi

Source: JSTOR Collection: Useful plants of west tropical African. Vol 2.

However, According to Oliver Bever (1982), pignut is used to cure arthritic troubles in Igbo land.

Consequently, its anti-microbial activity was assessed using Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella Pneumonia, Bacillus Subtilis, Staphylococcus Aureus, Salmonella Typhi, Candida Albicans and Aspergillus Niger. It was shown that its anti-microbial activity depends on the content of its extract and n-hexane extract have no anti-microbial activity that was comparable to those of chloramphenicol and nystatin.

This leaf, however, has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal activity. Pignut is good and healthy. Consuming it will boost your immune system and help to fight free radicals. Appreciate and preserve it.

Reference: Eze Charity C.

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