Oregano is an antiseptic?
It is said that Hippocrates (460 BC-370 BC) used oregano as an antiseptic. Hippocrates is credited with establishing medicine as a profession. Hippocrates stated he felt that disease were caused by naturally and not because of superstitions. Hippocrates knowledge was limited due to laws of the land forbidding dissections of humans. This left Hippocrates focusing on symptoms and treatments of symptoms. Thus, plants and herbs would be considered a way to treat symptoms. One of the types of herbs in the region that Hipporcrates may had to use was oregano.
The question is, does oregano have any antiseptic abilities against bacteria? An evidence-based study of oregano (Origanum syriaca) verses four types of bacteria; Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter faecalis, Escherichia coli, and Salmonella typhi, demonstrated outcomes resulted in varying antimicrobial susceptibility. Currently more research on extraction and isolation of plant extracts, including oregano, are being considered for new antibacterial agents.
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