Volume 54, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Among strategies for the development of new antimalarials, a study of plants traditionally used in Africa against malaria has been pursued. Extracts obtained from the plants , and , commonly used in Cote d'Ivoire by native healers for the treatment of malaria, were tested on two strains of FcB1-Colombia (chloroquine-resistant) and F32-Tanzania (chloroquine-sensitive). Extracts were obtained after infusion and decoction, both techniques being used by most native healers. The antimalarial activities of the extracts were tested first by parasite H-hypoxanthine incorporation and second by visual evaluation of the activities of plant extracts on thin blood smears, which also permitted the determination of parasitic stages and parasite alteration. Among the seven plants tested, some had an apparent inhibitory effect on growth in vitro, while others seemed to be less efficient.


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