Antibiofilm and anti-inflammatory activities of houttuynia cordata decoction for oral care

Yasuko Sekita, Keiji Murakami, Hiromichi Yumoto, Kouji Hirao, Takashi Amoh, Natsumi Fujiwara, Katsuhiko Hirota, Hideki Fujii, Takashi Matsuo, Yoichiro Miyake, Yoshiki Kashiwada

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Dental biofilms that form in the oral cavity play a critical role in the pathogenesis of several infectious oral diseases, including dental caries, periodontal disease, and oral candidiasis. Houttuynia cordata (HC, Saururaceae) is a widely used traditional medicine, for both internal and external application. A decoction of dried HC leaves (dHC) has long been consumed as a health-promoting herbal tea in Japan. We have recently reported that a water solution of HC poultice ethanol extract (wHCP) exerts antimicrobial and antibiofilm effects against several important oral pathogens. It also exhibits anti-inflammatory effects on human keratinocytes. In our current study, we examined the effects of dHC on infectious oral pathogens and inflammation. Our results demonstrated that dHC exerts moderate antimicrobial effects against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other oral microorganisms. dHC also exhibited antibiofilm effects against MRSA, Fusobacterium nucleatum (involved in dental plaque formation), and Candida albicans and inhibitory effects on interleukin-8, CCL20, IP-10, and GRO productions by human oral keratinocytes stimulated by Porphyromonas gingivalis lipopolysaccharide (a cause of periodontal disease), without cytotoxic effects. This suggests that dHC exhibits multiple activities in microorganisms and host cells. dHC can be easily prepared and may be effective in preventing infectious oral diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2850947
JournalEvidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine


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