The effectiveness of bay leaf extract (Syzygium polyanthum) in inhibiting the growth of Candida albicans
*Corresponding Author: Suratiah, M. Biomed Polytechnic of Health Denpasar, Indonesia, Jl. Sanitasi No.1 Sidakarya, Denpasar, Indonesia, Email: email@example.com
Fluor albus is derived from secretion of a woman's vagina and might be undergone by all women throughout the life cycle. Color and odor changes occur because of pathogenic microorganisms infecting it. The most common pathogenic microorganisms in fluor albus are Candida albicans. Bay leaves are easy to obtain and have been reported to contain effective antimold activities to inhibit the growth of Candida albicans. This research is aimed to know the effectiveness of bay leaf extract on inhibition of the growth of Candida albicans and to know which extract is effective in inhibiting Candida albicans.
This research is in vitro experimental research with randomised group design. In this research there were eight kinds of extracts as treatment with three replications. Data were analyzed using ANOVA.
The results showed that extraction with soaking in water for 24 hours had the highest inhibition on Candida albicans (12 no), and the young bay leaves extract dissolved by ethanol had the highest antioxidant capacity 11.273.41mg/L GAEdaAC).
Bay leaves have potency as alternative resources to inhibit the growth of microorganism in fluor albus occurence. It is suggested to test the effectiveness of young bay leaves extracted with ethanol on Candida albicans on women with fluor albus.
Bay leaves, Candida albicans.