ETHNO-PHARMACOLOGICAL USE AND ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITY OF TRADITIONAL DATE VINEGAR OF GHARDAÏA

  • CHERIF Brahim )Université Saâd Dahleb de Blida, Ouled Yaiche, Blida 09000, Algeria
  • BOURAS Noureddine Laboratoire de Biologie des Systèmes Microbiens (LBSM), Ecole Normale Supérieure de Kouba, 16050, Vieux-Kouba, Algiers, Algeria
  • OUMOUNA Mustapha Université Dr. Yahia Fares de Médéa, Ain D’heb, Médéa 26000, Algeria
  • OULD EL HADJ Mohamed Didi Laboratoire de protection des écosystèmes en zones arides et semi-arides, Université de Ouargla, 30000 Ouargla, Algeria
  • HOLTZ Michael D Field Crop Development Centre, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, 6000 C & E Trail, Lacombe, Alberta, T4L 1W1, Canada,
  • SABAOU Nasserdine Laboratoire de Biologie des Systèmes Microbiens (LBSM), Ecole Normale Supérieure de Kouba, 16050, Vieux-Kouba, Algiers, Algeria
Keywords: date vinegar, ethno-pharmacology, antimicrobial activity, skin infections, aphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Candida albicans

Abstract

This study aims to demonstrate the therapeutic advantage of traditional date vinegar. We carried out an ethno-pharmacological survey on the therapeutic use of date vinegar by the population of Ghardaïa. After we verified the quality of two vinegars made from Deglet-Nour and Temjouhart date varieties, we tested their antimicrobial activity on Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Candida albicans. These microorganisms are involved in skin infections treated with date vinegar. The ethno-pharmacological survey showed that the traditional date vinegar is used in the treatment of 30 afflictions. The treatment seems to be effective (75% of only positive effects compared to 14% of positive and also adverse effects). The antimicrobial activity was present, in spite of the weak concentration of acetic acid in the tested vinegars. The highest antimicrobial effect was observed on S. aureus. The inhibition diameter of this microorganism was 49 mm in Deglet-Nour vinegar and 33 mm in Temjouhart vinegar. In conclusion, date vinegar is used by the population of Ghardaïa to treat various illnesses and it was proven that it is effective in the treatment of skin infections caused by microorganisms mentioned previously.

ETHNO-PHARMACOLOGICAL USE AND ANTIMICROBIAL  ACTIVITY OF TRADITIONAL DATE VINEGAR OF GHARDAÏA
Published
2018-10-30

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