Author(s): M. Vijayalakshmi, K. Periyanayagam
Natural products have been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years and recently have been of increasing interest, since the cost are usually lower and they are considered less toxic by the public. The plant Dichrostachys cinerea is profusely branched thorny shrub distributed throughout the dry and warm parts of India belonging to the family Mimosaceae. The standardization of the leaves of D. cinerea were performed by Quantitative microscopy such as stomatal no, stomatal index, vein islet no. and vein termination no and foam index were examined. The aim of our study was to assess in vitro antidandruff activity of ehanolic extract of leaves of D. cinerea by disc diffusion method, the zone of inhibition were measured. It was observed that, no profound activity at lower concentration (50 mg/ml, 100 mg/ml) and showed only moderate activity at higher concentration (250 mg/ml and 500 mg/ml) against the fungi Mallazessia furfur or Pityrosporum ovale.