Medicinal plant use of villagers in the Mopani District, Limpopo Province, South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Chauke, M. A
dc.contributor.author Shai, L. J.
dc.contributor.author Mogale, M. A.
dc.contributor.author Tshisikhawe, M. P.
dc.contributor.author Mokgotho, M. P.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-07-04T02:39:43Z
dc.date.available 2019-07-04T02:39:43Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.citation Chauke, et al. (2015) Medicinal plant use of villagers in the Mopani District, Limpopo Province, South Africa, University of Venda, South Africa. Afr. J. Tradit. Complement Altern Med. (2015) 12 (3): 9-26.
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/ajtcam.v12i3.2
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11602/1384
dc.description Department of Botany en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: An ethno-medical survey of plants was conducted at Mashishimale village near Phalaborwa, in Limpopo Province (South Africa). Owing to high level of poverty and lack of proper daily operational healthcare facilities in certain parts of Mashishimale village, the use of plants as medicine persists. The aim of the study was to compile a list of medicinal plants used by traditional health practitioners for treatment of diabetes mellitus and other ailments. Materials and methods: Traditional health practitioners were identified using the snowballing sampling technique. Structured interviews were conducted and a list of medicinal plants compiled. Data collection included local names of the plants, the plant parts used in the traditional medicine, the disease treated by the plant-based remedies and the method of preparation of the medicines. Results and discussion: A total of 49 plants species belonging to 20 different families we identified. Plant parts used in preparation of remedies by practitioners are roots (51%), stem barks (30%) and leaves (19%). The most preferred methods of administration were boiling (74%) and infusion (12%). About 14 plants species were indicated for treatment of diabetes mellitus, while most plant species were indicated for sexually transmitted diseases, fertility and erectile dysfunction. Conclusion: The results of the survey indicate that plants play a significant role in primary healthcare of the community of Mashishimale Village. It would seem that a number of major diseases/ailments are treated by traditional methods. Scientific investigation is therefore needed to isolate active compounds and to determine safe dosages for treatment. These studies may guide the regulation of herbal medicine industry in South Africa. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Tshwane University of Technology and National Research Foundation (under the Thutuka-REDIBA Programme en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Ethnobotanical en_US
dc.subject Medicinal plants en_US
dc.subject Mashishimale village en_US
dc.title Medicinal plant use of villagers in the Mopani District, Limpopo Province, South Africa en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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