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Title: Locally used plants for malaria therapy amongst the Hausa, Yoruba and Ibo communities in Maiduguri, Northeastern Nigeria
Authors: AC, Ene
SE, Atawodi
DA, Ameh
HO, Kwanashie
PU, Agomo
Keywords: Ethnomedicine
Medicinal plants
Traditional medicine
Issue Date: Jul-2010
Publisher: CSIR
IPC CodeInt. Cl.8: A61K36/00, A61P29/00, A61P33/06
Abstract:  A mini survey was conducted to ascertain the plants locally used in Northeastern Nigeria to treat malaria amongst the three major ethnic groups. Three traditional healers from each of the three Nigerian major ethnic groups (Ibo, Hausa and Yoruba) resident in Maiduguri were interviewed to ascertain the plants used traditionally in their locality to treat malaria. The study showed that the plants commonly used include Azadirachta indica, Magnifera indica, Psidium guajava, Carica papaya, Musa sapientum, Citrus limon and Cymbopogen citratus. Their selected parts are prepared in various liquid mixtures and administered orally. The herbalists claim that these traditional plants remedies are effective and elicit little or no side effects. However, the traditional healers treat malaria and a wide range of other health problems using medicinal plants of unverified efficacy in various unstandardized dosage forms. Hence, there is need for scientific evaluation and standardization of these formulations and dosages, if found effective, to eliminate the possibility of short to long term toxic effects.
Page(s): 486-490
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Source:IJTK Vol.09(3) [July 2010]

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