ANTIBACTERIAL ACTIVITY OF POLYSCIAS SCUTELLARIA FOSBERG AGAINST ACINETOBACTER SP.
Keywords:Acinetobacter sp, Antibacterial, Nothopanax scutellarium, Polyscia s scutellaria
Objective: Polyscias scutellaria Fosberg as one of the indigenous plants from Indonesia has been used as traditional medicines for several ailments, such as reduce body odor. However, there is no scientific research to verify this property. This study aimed to evaluate the antibacterial activity of P. scutellaria Fosberg against bacteria that cause body odor.
Methods: Since body odor is caused by activities of bacteria that live in the armpits, bacteria from human armpit were isolated and identified as Acinetobacter sp. The bacteria have the potential to be pathogenic and resistant to common antibiotics. P. scutellaria was extracted using different solvents, i.e., hexane, ethyl acetate, and methanol. Using these extracts, the antibacterial activity of P. scutellaria against Acinetobacter sp. was tested through well diffusion and colony-forming unit methods.
Results: Hexane and ethyl acetate fractions of P. scutellaria extract showed strong antibacterial activities against Acinetobacter sp., while methanol fraction did not exhibit any antibacterial activity against these bacteria.
Conclusion: P. scutellaria extract has the potential to be used as an antibacterial agent against Acinetobacter sp. on human armpit.
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