Background: The presently practiced procedure of development of new antimicrobial
substances to control infection of the pathogenic microbes is now at a point of
challenge and threat for losing relevancy in near future.
Objective: Exploration of an herbal source for searching alternative to the antibacterial
Method: Through a thorough literature survey, a list of 1060 plants with reported use
among various communities throughout the globe in the purposes related to combating
and controlling different types of infection has been identified. An outline of research on
the plants for validation of the traditional claims by conventional antimicrobial, antioxidant
and immunostimulant activity study and identification of phytochemicals is added.
Limitation of the contemporary systems is discussed with a proposal of addition of fresh
extract of succulent plant parts of listed medicinal plants along with conventional solvent
extracted portion of dry plant parts as another parameter of study.
Result: A comprehensive research proposal for a study on the medicinal plants which may
act in some way as an alternative to the present system of use of synthetic antimicrobial
substances to control diseases of infective origin with a detailed guideline for production,
storage and global transport of succulent bio-medicines is discussed.
Conclusion: Following the way of proposed thorough research, a new type of herbal medicine
based treatment system may be started and an opportunity for the establishment of
export-oriented agro - medicine industries may be created.