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Poster Session

Netshivhulana, Tshivhangwaho Austin [1], Adebola, Patrick [2], Modise, David M [3], Amoo, Stephen Oluweseun [4].

Ethnobotanical survey of medicinal plants used by traditional healers of Vhembe district in the treatment of pain and infection related ailments.

Introduction All over the world people are suffering from various diseases including pain and infection related ailment and such diseases are treated by traditional healers using indigenous knowledge of plant species (Rahman et al., 2010). Traditional medicinal used to treat pain and infection related ailments has been since the beginning of life, but small percentage of these plant have been subjected to pharmacological or biological screening (Mahesh and Satish, 2008). Objectives The aim of the project is to investigate medicinal plants used by traditional healers of Vhembe district to treat pain and infection related ailments. The following objectives were looked at: To investigate medicinal plants used to treat pain and infection related ailments, their plant parts, collection season, availability, methods of preparation, and dosages of some medicinal plants used by traditional healers of Vhembe district to treat pain and infection related diseases. Methods Twenty four traditional healers from four local municipalities (Makhado, Musina, Mutale, and Thulamela) around Vhembe district were interviewed. Data was collected using structural questionnaire in a form of interviews using their own language which was later translated. Results Forty six plant species were revealed in treating pain and infection related ailments with Gonnorrhoea, TB, Syphilis, HIV/AIDS, and U wela as associated with infection related ailments. Traditional healer’s belief that unprotected sex is the major cause of all this infection related ailments which results in severe pain. Traditional Healers belief their ancestors reveal the plant species to cure their patient. Conclusion Traditional healers of Vhembe district have better knowledge and skills on the medicinal plants to cure pain and infection related ailment. There is a lack of conservation status which results in loss of undocumented medicinal plant species in the field.


1 - University of South Africa, Department of Agriculture and Animal Health, P O Box 392, Pretoria, SA
2 - Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) , Department of Rice Sector Development, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
3 - University of South Africa, , Department of Agriculture and Animal Health, P O Box 392, Pretoria, SA
4 - Agricultural Research Council (ARC-VOPI), Department of crop Science, Private Bag x 293 Pretoria 0001, Pretoria, SA

Keywords:
Traditional medicine, Indigenous knowledge, Traditional healers.

Presentation Type: Poster
Number:
Abstract ID:44
Candidate for Awards:None