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Title: Fighting pain: Traditional Peruvian remedies for the treatment of Asthma, Rheumatism, Arthritis and sore bones
Authors: Bussmann, Rainer W.
Glenn, Ashley
Keywords: Ethnobotany;Peru;Traditional medicine;Auto-immune disorders
Issue Date: Jul-2011
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
IPC Code: Int. Cl. 8 : A01D 11/18; A01D 14/04; A01D 4/50; A01D 9/01; A01D 9/04; A01D 9/08
Abstract: A total of 55 plant species belonging to 53 genera and 43 families were documented and identified as autoimmune herbal remedies in Northern Peru. Most species used were Fabaceae (4 species, 7.27%), followed by Rosaceae and Myrtaceae (both 3 species, 5.45%). The most important families are clearly over-represented in comparison to the overall medicinal flora, while some other medicinally important families (e.g. Asteraceae, Lamiaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Apiaceae, Lycopodiaceae, Cucurbitaceae) are less commonly used for the treatment of autoimmune disorders and pain or are completely missing from the portfolio. The majority of the herbal preparations were prepared from the leaves of plants (35%), while the whole plant (21.25%), and stems (17.5%) were used less frequently. In 60% of the cases fresh plant material was used to prepare remedies. Only about 55% of the remedies were applied orally, while the remaining ones were applied topically. Over half of all remedies were prepared as mixtures of multiple ingredients. The information gained on frequently used traditional remedies might give some leads for future targets for further analysis in order to develop new drugs. However, more detailed Scientific studies are desperately needed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the remedies employed traditionally.
Page(s): 397-412
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.10(3) [July 2011]

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