The Effect of Commiphora molmol (Myrrh) in Treatment of Trichomoniasis vaginalis infection


GM El-Sherbiny 1 , * , ET el Sherbiny 2

1 Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Pharmacy, October 6 University, [email protected], Egypt

2 Department of Zoology, El Nahda University, Egypt

How to Cite: El-Sherbiny G, el Sherbiny E. The Effect of Commiphora molmol (Myrrh) in Treatment of Trichomoniasis vaginalis infection, Iran Red Crescent Med J. Online ahead of Print ; 13(7):480-486.


Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal: 13 (7); 480-486
Article Type: Research Article
Received: September 12, 2010
Accepted: January 10, 2011




Background: Trichomoniasis vaginalis is now an important worldwide health problem. Metronidazole has so far been used in treatment, but the metronidazole-resistant strains and unpleasant adverse effects have been developed. Myrrh is one of the oldest known medicinal plants used by the ancient Egyptians for medical purposes and for mummification. Commiphora molmol (Myrrh) proved safe for male reproductive organ which is the main habitat of T. vaginalis and this study aims to evaluate the efficacy of the herbal against T. vaginalis in females.

Methods: In the present study, 33 metronidazole-resistant T. vaginalis females were treated with a combined course of metronidazole and tinidazole. Those still resistant to the combined treatment were given C. molmol. Also, natural plant extract purified from pomegranate (Punica granatum, Roman) was in-vitro investigated for its efficacy against T. vaginalis on Diamond media.

Results: The anti-T. vaginalis activity of both P. granatum (in-vitro) and C. molmol (in-vivo) extracts gave promising results.

Conclusion: The anti-T. vaginalis activity of P. granatum and C. molmol showed promising results indicating to sources of new anti-Ttrichomonas agents.


Punica granatum Commiphora molmol Trichomonas vaginalis Trichomoniasis Treatment

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