Novel phytotherapy for tinea versicolor by extracting zingiber wightianum thwaites


  • Ms.Sini Baby Associate Professor,Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Nirmala college of Pharmacy, Muvattupuzha
  • Dimal Jose Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Nirmala college of Pharmacy, Muvattupuzha P. O, Ernakulam District, Kerala, 686661, India and affiliated to Kerala University of Health Science, Thrissur, Kerala, India.
  • Agnes K Mathew Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Nirmala college of Pharmacy, Muvattupuzha
  • Biniya John Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Nirmala college of Pharmacy, Muvattupuzha
  • Antony Varghese Antony Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Nirmala college of Pharmacy, Muvattupuzha



Malassezia furfur, Zingiber wightianum Thwaties, Anti-fungal, Tinea versicolor


Herbal medicines are gaining more interest both in terms of medicinal and economic benefits and they are getting more patient compliance due to its fewer side effects as compared to allopathic medicines. The present research was aimed at phytochemical screening and antifungal evaluation of rhizomic extract of Zingiber wightianum Thwaites belonging to Zingiberaceae family. The rhizomes were subjected for Soxhlet extraction and the preliminary phytochemical screening of this extract proved the presence of alkaloids, carbohydrates, tannins, flavonoids, saponins, phenols. Subsequently, these extracts were evaluated for antifungal activity and minimum inhibitory concentration was determined. Hence revealed the potential to treat a fungal infection Tinea versicolor, caused by fungus Malassezia furfur. This investigation was also undertaken with a view to formulate and evaluate the herbal gel using Zingiber wightianum rhizomic extract. Thus, the overall studies concluded that the rhizomic extract of Zingiber wightianum Thwaites and its formulation would be a breakthrough in the field of modern antifungal drug.


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Baby, M., D. Jose, A. K. Mathew, B. John, and A. V. Antony. “Novel Phytotherapy for Tinea Versicolor by Extracting Zingiber Wightianum Thwaites”. International Journal of Pharmaceutics and Drug Analysis, vol. 9, no. 2, July 2021, pp. 143-50, doi:10.47957/ijpda.v9i2.465.



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