Ethnomedical findings on botanicals frequently used for childrenand#8217;s health in south eastern nigeria

Alternative & Integrative Medicine

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Ethnomedical findings on botanicals frequently used for children’s health in south eastern nigeria

Joint Event on 5th Global Summit on Herbals and Traditional Medicine & 11th World Congress on Precision and Personalized Medicine

August 14-15, 2019 | Auckland, New Zealand

Nwakamma C J, Oyedemi B O and Omosun G

Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Nigeria

Posters & Accepted Abstracts: Altern Integr Med

Abstract :

This research surveys and documents information on medicinal plants and their botanical preparations used in the treatment of childrenÔ??s ailments in South-eastern Nigeria. Children under the age of 5 in developing countries suffer from diseases with high morbidity and mortality rate yearly due to inaccessible and unaffordable health care. Structured questionnaires were administered to the herbal sellers, traditional medicine practitioners, nursing mothers and adult dwellers to collect data on the names of plants used to treat the conditions, methods of preparation, duration of treatment, adverse effects and the methods of administration of the plant materials. A total of 135 plants belonging to 55 families were identified for the management of childrenÔ??s health in the area. Common paediatric ailments which were said to be treated with herbal remedies by the respondents included malaria, pneumonia, stomach ache, diarrhoea, dysentery, measles, chicken pox/ small pox, convulsion, jaundice, pile, ringworm, scabies, eczema, stubborn cough, scurvy, catarrh, wounds, boils, insect bites, food poison, cholera, and umbilical cord complications. Percentages of respondent were; herbal sellers were (48.2%) traditional medical practitioners (21.6%), nursing mothers (11.1%) and others (19.1%). The most occurring plant families were Euphorbiaceae, Fabaceae and Apocynaceae with 8 species of plants each, followed by Annonaceae and Asteriaceae with 7 and 6 species respectively. The recipes were made from the combination of different parts of two or more plants species, and others were made from single plant parts. Methods of extraction were mostly decoction, raw squeezing out of the juice and infusion, while oral administration was the main route of administration.

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