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Botanical and Ethnopharmacological Studies on Medicinal Plants Marketed in Omdurman

Botanical and Ethnopharmacological Studies on Medicinal Plants Marketed in Omdurman

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Title: Botanical and Ethnopharmacological Studies on Medicinal Plants Marketed in Omdurman
Author: Mayada Abdelwahab Ali, Omer
Abstract: This study attempted to subject some commercial herbs to a systematic botanical study and to investigate their ethnopharmacology. Vendors were interviewed using a validated questionnaire; information is provided on the origin, the plant parts used and the traditional methods of their preparation. Samples of plants species marketed in Omdurman were purchased, taxonomically identified and 19 plant species were subjected to anatomical study. The result revealed that, 45 species of plants marketed in Omdurman are belonging to 31 families and used to treat about 38 human diseases. The detailed traditional uses of these plants are documented. The families Apiaceae and Fabaceae were highly represented among the studied taxa. Interestingly that the majority of the plant materials were imported and were sold in dried state as leaves, seeds and fruits. The processing of medicinal plants involved boiling, infusion, powdering before their use. The remedies were administered orally or used externally according to the traditional uses and disease state. Non-botanical materials (animals and minerals) were also sold. Anatomical results showed that microscopical characters are central in the identification and/or confirmation of species, especially in the absence of floral or fruiting materials. The study concluded that Standardization of the vernacular names and authentication of the medicinal plants marketed in Omdurman for the treatment of different ailments are needed before their official incorporation in the primary health care system. Furthermore, the claimed traditional uses need to be validated by pharmacological experiments and randomized clinical trials
Description: 15 Pages
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/handle/123456789/12355
Date: 2015-06-15


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