Cigars & Parasites

In vitro anthelmintic effect of Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) extract on parasiticnematode, Marshallagia marshalli

In addition to the antiparasitic and antinutritional effects of medicinal plants on host performance and behaviour, the immunomodulatory effects of plants are another benefit of the use of medicinal plants.

The in vitro methods provide a means to screen rapidly for potential anthelmintic activities of different plant extracts and to analyse the possible mechanisms involved in the interactions between active compounds and parasites.

Overall, these in vitro our results clearly suggest that extracts of Nicotiana tabacum possess appreciable anthelmintic activity. Therefore, its use is justified in the ethno-veterinary medicine practice and this study may be a step forward towards evidence-based indigenous medicine. These effects remain to be confirmed through in vivo studies.

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