Ethnomedicinal knowledge in the traditional management of human ailments in Lake Victoria Basin, Kenya

Citation:
Odhiambo JA, Dossaji SF, Lukhoba CK. "Ethnomedicinal knowledge in the traditional management of human ailments in Lake Victoria Basin, Kenya.". In: Botany 2011 . J.A. Odhiambo, W. Lukhoba & S.F. Dossaji; 2011.

Abstract:

Though the majority of inhabitants in the Kenya rely on ethnomedicinal plant species to manage a wide range of human ailments, much the indigenous knowledge largely remains undocumented. An ethnomedicinal study was conducted to document the plant species used medicinally in the Lake Victoria Basin. Data was collected by interviewing the herbalists from the region. A total of thirty four plant species distributed in twenty one botanical families were identified. The plant family with highest number of plants used for medicine was Compositae, followed by Leguminosae then Labiatae. The herbals were prepared mainly as concoctions and decoctions and were majorly administered orally and dermally to treat ailments such as typhoid, malaria, and chest and skin related complications. A rich knowledge of medicinal plants was recognized and phytochemical and bioactivity analyses of these herbal plants are recommended to determine their safety and efficacy.

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