Medicinal Uses of Chemical Extracts from Withania somnifera and Its Antimicrobial Activity: A Mini-Review


  • Kashif Ali Department of Botany, Islamia College University Peshawar, Pakistan.
  • Muhammad Shuaib School of Ecology and Environmental Science, Yunnan University, NO.2 North Cuihu road, Kunming, Yunnan, 650091, PR. China.
  • Muhammad Ilyas Department of Entomology, The University of Agriculture Peshawar, Pakistan.
  • Firasat Hussain Key Laboratory of Microbial Diversity in Southwest China, Ministry of Education, Yunnan Institute of Microbiology, Yunnan University, Kunming, 650091, PR China.
  • Fida Hussain School of Resources, Environmental and Chemical Engineering Nanchang University, Nanchang Jiangxi China.


Medicinal uses, Chemical extracts, Ethnopharmacological, Antimicrobial activity, Withania somnifera.


Withania somnifera is an important medicinal plant used in Pakistan from the old time by the herbalists in making different medicines. The history of this plant comes from Unani and Ayurvedic system. Ethnopharmacological and chemical research on Withania somnifera proves that plant extracts have a wide range of applications. The Withania somnifera mostly utilized for its anti-inflammatory effect, anti-cancer, antibacterial, antifungal, cardiovascular effects and for various other activities as well.  Its chemical constituents also showed an awesome antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli, Pesudomanas fluorescensBacillus stubtilisStaphylococcus aureus, Xanthomonas axonopodis and Puccinia malvacearum. Still, a well conducted biological research for several applications of this plant is required. The variability in chemistry of this plant seems important, so future studies and research on the pharmacological activities of these plant extracts should provide more chemical profile which will increase their validity.




How to Cite

Ali, K., Shuaib, M., Ilyas, M., Hussain, F., & Hussain, F. (2017). Medicinal Uses of Chemical Extracts from Withania somnifera and Its Antimicrobial Activity: A Mini-Review. PSM Microbiology, 2(1), 20-23. Retrieved from



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