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Title: Efficacy of plants-based holy stick fumigation against infectious bacteria
Authors: N, Prabhu
J, Rengaramanujam
P, Anna Joice
Keywords: Fumigation
Dhoops
Pyogenic organisms
Holy stick fumigation
Issue Date: Apr-2009
Publisher: CSIR
IPC CodeInt. Cl.8: A01K61/00, A01N25/18
Abstract: The most common and accepted method of fumigation is to produce fumes using formaldehyde along with potassium permanganate. The formaldehyde cause sulphydryl poisoning, protein aggregation and cancer inducing nature due to protein cross linkage. Indians follow the practice, Homam –Yagam, where the lifestyle of meditation and external medical practices were followed. Various holy sticks collected from trees and fumes were produced along with cow dung cake and ghee. Various bacteria were isolated from various sources and each organism was exposed to the religious stick fumes with different time incubation. The results revealed that organisms like Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae were prominently inhibited. Fumes of Achyranthus aspera controlled Streptococcus pyogenes. These sticks (dhoops) with various level combinations produce fumes to inhibit or reduce the level of contamination and risk of infection.
Page(s): 278-280
ISSN: 0972-5938
Source:IJTK Vol.08(2) [April 2009]

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