A Review of Antimicrobial Activities of Cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica)

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Wafaa M. Hikal
Hussein A.H. Said-Al Ahl
Miroslava Kačániová


Treatment with medicinal and aromatic plants and the use of their biologically active products, especially as anti-microbial, has become a very important and urgent  matter  due  to  the  need  for  new anti-microbe  drugs, as a result ofthe emergence  of  some strains of parasitesresistant to chemotherapy. Cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica) is an amazing multipurpose plant that has been used for thousands of years in almost all parts of the world for use as food, therapy,and other purposes.  It belongs to Cactaceae family and is  important  in  agricultural economies  throughout  arid  and  semi-arid  regions. This paper reviews its traditional medicine to treat so many types of diseases. The paper also reviews the antimicrobial activity of cactus. Cactus is consumed by humans in different forms including raw, jam, juice, and in other formulated safe food products whose ingredients include cactus. This comprehensive review clearly shows that cactus is indeed a very valuable plant of the past and the future.

Cactus, Opuntia ficus-indica, phytotherapy, traditional medicine, antibacterial, antifungal activity

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Hikal, W. M., Ahl, H. A. S.-A., & Kačániová, M. (2021). A Review of Antimicrobial Activities of Cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica). Asian Journal of Research in Biosciences, 3(2), 49-56. Retrieved from https://globalpresshub.com/index.php/AJORIB/article/view/1142
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