Medicinal plant use plays an important role in the healthcare of many South Africans. Furthermore, in orthodox
medicine, conventional antimicrobial agents are amongst themost commonly prescribed groups of drugs. Therefore,
due to the prevalence of use of these two forms of healthcare, there is a high probability for their concurrent
Ethnobotanical knowledge is common and important among the tribal people but much of
the information is empirical at best lacking logical validation. A number of ethnic
communities residing in the study area are partially or fully dependent on the forest
resources to meet their requirements. The present study analyses indigenous knowledge
Background: Although, medicinal plants have been important for women’s health historically, the knowledge about such use during pregnancy in developing countries is limited. This is the first quantitative, ethnobotanical study on Malian women’s use of and attitudes towards the use of medicinal plants during pregnancy.
Malawi’s maternal mortality rate is one of the worst. Due to shortfalls in modern hospitals, women resort to medicinal plants. The study investigated medicinal plants used as contraceptives, for treating pregnancy-related cases and general illnesses. Focus group discussions, key informants, participant observations and questionnaire interviews were employed.
Ethnopharmacological relevance: In Cameroon, most women use traditional medicine for the treatment of pregnancy and childbirth complaints. In order to identify some of the medicinal plants locally used to alleviate these complaints, an ethnobotanical survey was undertaken in five villages of Menoua Division (West-Cameroon).
Impaired inflammatory response could result in undesirable effects as seen in chronic diseases such as tuberculosis (TB) and cancer. This study was based on an ethno-botanical survey of 6literature citations of medicinal plants used to treat inflammation-related conditions in Limpopo province of South Africa.
Aims of the study: Commercially important indigenous medicinal plants of southern Africa are reviewed in the context of fundamental knowledge about their ethnobotany, phylogeny, genetics, taxonomy, biochemistry, chemical variation, reproductive biology and horticulture.
Rapid Rural Appraisal methods were used to collate and code the indigenous knowledge on animal healthcare of Tsonga speaking people of South Africa. There was a rapport between local disease names as described by their clinical signs by the farmers and the local veterinary services important disease list.
Ethnopharmacological relevance: Ethnobotanical knowledge in Lesotho is passed on orally from one generation to another. As a result it has not been well documented. Existing publications have relied on previous literature and are limited either in terms of scope or coverage. Furthermore, some of them are out of print.