A group of scientists discovered that four substances found in Mimosa caesalpiniifolia, a plant with white flowers of the fabaceae endemic to Brazil, can be very effective against lily of the valley and candida, even more than fluconazole, so much so that the researchers themselves involved are already developing an ointment.
Lily of the Valley and candidiasis are two diseases caused by fungi of the genus Candida. If they affect people with a low level of immunity, they can also be quite serious, which is why they can be a danger in hospitals. To combat these diseases, an antifungal drug known as fluconazole is usually used, which is sufficient in most cases.
However, some varieties of fungi are becoming increasingly resistant to this type of drug. According to FAPESP researchers, the substances that they have identified in Mimosa caesalpiniifolia may be the basis for a new treatment that could decrease the side effects of antimicrobial agents that are traditionally used to combat this infection.
In addition, according to Wagner Vilegas, principal author of the study, the level of resistance of fungi could also be reduced by such a treatment but further research is needed.