Jungle Fungus Fighter

On today’s Creation Moments Minute, we look at a jungle fungus fighter from Kenya.

Throughout the open markets of Kenya, shopkeepers sell leaves and strips of bark from the warburgia bush. The leaves and bark are used to relieve toothaches, fevers, constipation, and the taste of meat gone slightly sour.

Researchers have now discovered that two extracts from the warburgia bush can also boost the effects of antibiotics. One of the extracts, coupled with an antibiotic used against yeast cells, resulted in a treatment that was 16 times more powerful than the antibiotic alone. Warburgia extracts also boosted antibiotics’ effects against various fungal infections, including the fungus that causes athlete’s foot.

How many medicines has our Creator hidden in the plants of the earth for us to discover? We can thank Him that, in His mercy, He has provided so many earthly remedies for the disease that has resulted because of sin.

For Creation Moments Minute, I’m Darren Marlar.
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Ref: D. Franklin. 1984. “Plant Extract Fights Fungus.” Science News, June 16, p. 375.