The efficacy of hibiscus rosa-sinensis leaf extracts against candida SPP, causing candidiasis

  • P.M. Ridzuan Department of Pre-Clinical, International Medical School, Management & Science University, Malaysia
  • S. Zuhaira Department of Medical Science, International Medical School, Management & Science University, Malaysia
  • Shaza Naz Department of Medical Science, International Medical School, Management & Science University, Malaysia.
Keywords: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, Anti-candidiasis, Candida albicans, Candida tropicalis, Candida glabrata


Over the years, World Health Organization has recommended traditional medicines as safe remedies for ailments of both microbial and non-microbial origins. The use of herbals has increased worldwide in recent years, as they are believed to be safer than modern medicines with lesser or no side effects. The present study has been designed to determine the role of Hibiscus rosa-sinensis leaves extract in-vitro antifungal activities against Candida albicans, Candida tropicalis, and Candida glabrata species. The leaves of H. rosa-sinensis were soaked in methanol and ethanol for solvent extraction. The extraction yield was diluted in DMSO to obtain 6 different concentrations, and was then impregnated on blank discs. The disc diffusion method was used to test against 3 different candida species for sensitivity test. Basic phytochemical constituent’s detection on phenol, carbohydrate, tannins and saponins were done on H. rosa-sinensis. The extract that shows largest zone of inhibition of candida species is the leaf extract with ethanol. 1000mg/ml of the leaf extract shows the highest inhibition zone against C. albicans, C. tropicalis and C. glabrata which are 9mm, 8mm and 9mm respectively.  Carbohydates test showed both extractions highly positive and ethanol extract exhibited the highest saponin compared with methanol extract. It was found that ethanol extract of H. rosa- sinensis showed more potent anti candidiasis compared with methanol extract.


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Ridzuan, P., Zuhaira, S., & Naz, S. (2019). The efficacy of hibiscus rosa-sinensis leaf extracts against candida SPP, causing candidiasis. Journal of Science and Mathematics Letters, 8(1), 1-5. Retrieved from