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Ethnobotanical study of knowledge and medicinal plants use by the people in Dek Island in Ethiopia.
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PMID:  19477609     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: It reveals the trend of knowledge of medicinal plants and the documentation serves as a baseline data for future phytochemical and pharmacological studies. AIM OF THE STUDY: The medicinal plants are the integral part of the variety of cultures in Ethiopia and have been used over many centuries. Hence, the aim of this study is to assess knowledge specifically with regard to gender and age, and to document medicinal plants used by the people in Dek Island. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The ethnobotanical surveys and quantitative analytical methods were used to study the level of knowledge and medicinal plants use in Dek Island. RESULTS: The male (mean=5.75+/-0.65; p<0.001) and informants with > or =40 years of age (mean=5.25+/-0.56; p<0.05) reported more medicinal plants. Age (p<0.05) and sex (p<0.05) have influence on knowledge of medicinal plants though sex (partial eta squared=0.496) has stronger influence than age. The medicinal plants uses showed similarity with other studies conducted in different cultural setups and locations. CONCLUSION: The trend of knowledge loss in both age categories and sexes implicates the likely risk of loss of knowledge. The documented data could be useful for future phytochemical and pharmacological studies.
Tilahun Teklehaymanot
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2009-04-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of ethnopharmacology     Volume:  124     ISSN:  1872-7573     ISO Abbreviation:  J Ethnopharmacol     Publication Date:  2009 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-06-16     Completed Date:  2009-09-09     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7903310     Medline TA:  J Ethnopharmacol     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  69-78     Citation Subset:  IM    
Endod and Other Medicinal Plants Unit, Aklilu Lemma Institute of Pathobiology, Addis Ababa University, P.O. Box 1176, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Analysis of Variance
Data Collection
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Medicine, African Traditional*
Plants, Medicinal*
Sex Factors
Young Adult

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