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  1. Acad. J. Med. Plant.


Research Paper

Academia Journal of Medicinal Plants 9(4): 048-054, April 2021
DOI: 10.15413/ajmp.2021.0100
ISSN: 2315-7720
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Investigation of Tagetes erecta L. extract as a natural solution to vaginitis problems

Accepted 1st February, 2021


Savaş Tuna G1*, Uysal M1, Işık M.B1, Işık B.B1, Aydın Kurç M2 and Ozan G1

1Aden Science High School, Süleymanpaşa, Tekirdağ, Turkey.
2Department of Medicine Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Namık Kemal University, Süleymanpaşa, Tekirdağ, Turkey.

*Corresponding author. E-mail: glsvs@yahoo.com. Tel: +905052533430.


One of the most common health problems experienced by women is vaginal discharge that occurs for various reasons. Vaginitis, which manifests with such discharge, is an important disorder seen in women. This study aimed to investigate the effect of extracts obtained from Tagetes erecta on some microorganisms that cause discharge outside the menstrual cycle in women, to produce gels and pads that can prevent this discharge and toraise awareness of women about this issue. T. erecta is an important ornamental plant grown in parks and gardens. The T. erecta samples used as material in the study were collected and dried. Three different extracts were obtained from the plant’s flowers, leaf + stem, and flower + leaf + stem. The antimicrobial activities of these extracts were investigated on Enterococcus faecalis, Escherichia coli and Lactobacillus acidophilus bacteria and Candida albicans, which cause vaginitis and urinary tract infections. It was determined that the flower and flower + leaf + stem extracts were effective in bacteria but not in C. albicans. The flower extract was also used in the production of gels and pads considering that it did not show much effect on L. acidophilus, which is important for the vaginal flora. In the study, short interviews were also undertaken with women to elicit their knowledge about vaginal discharge. As a result of the study, using the flower extract with a higher antimicrobial effect as compared with the other extracts, we produced natural, practical, useful and easily accessible gels and pads that can be used against vaginal discharge as an alternative to synthetic drugs that affect other organs. These products can also help treat urinary tract infections. However, the present study showed the importance of raising women’s awareness about this condition as one of the priorities.

Key words: Gel, pad, T. erecta, urinary tract infections, vaginal discharge, vaginitis.


This is an open access article published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Cite this article as:
Savaş Tuna G, Uysal M, Işık MB, Işık BB, Aydın Kurç M, Ozan G (2021). Investigation of Tagetes erecta L. extract as a natural solution to vaginitis problems. Acad. J. Med. Plants. 9(4): 048-054.

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