PhD student, Makerere University
Antibiotic resistance to available conventional drugs is becoming dire and calls for new ones with herbal remedies being possible source. The objective of this work was to determine antimicrobial potential of roots and stem bark of Erythroxylum emarginatum taking into account its wide usage in traditional medicine for treatment of wounds, diarhhoea, respiratory and skin infections. Roots and stem extracts of E. emarginatum were active against the tested bacteria strains. Findings from this study form a basis for drug development and herbal preparation for the long term management of microbial infections. This species is a treasure of potentially new medicinal compounds waiting to be discovered.