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Title: Traditional knowledge of sertanejos about Zootherapeutic practices used in ethnoveterinary medicine of NE Brazil
Authors: Souto, Wedson Medeiros Silva
Barboza, Raynner Rilke Duarte
Mourão, José da Silva
Alves, Rômulo Romeu Nóbrega
Keywords: Ethnoveterinary Medicine;Traditional Medicine;Ethnozoology;Caatinga biome;Conservation
Issue Date: Apr-2012
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
IPC Code: Int. Cl.8: A61D, A61K, A61K 36/00, A23B
Abstract: The present paper analyzes animal-based remedies used in ethnoveterinary medicine in a semi-arid area of Paraíba State (Caatinga biome) in NE Brazil. Information was obtained through semi-structured questionnaires applied to 32 local residents (24 men and 8 women) concerning animal species used as remedies, the body parts used, and the illnesses for which these remedies were prescribed. It is recorded the use of 13 animal species (of which 7 were non-domestic) recommended for treating 18 illnesses. Ram (Ovis aries Linnaeus, 1758), rattlesnakes (Crotalus durissus Linnaeus, 1758), and “teju” lizards (Tupinambis merianae (Duméril & Bibron, 1839)) were important medicinal resources for the community studied. The examination of folk knowledge and animal health practices gives us a better understanding of human interactions with their local environment and aids in formulating appropriate strategies for natural resource conservation.
Page(s): 259-265
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.11(2) [April 2012]

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