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dc.contributor.author Cheikhyoussef, Ahmad
dc.contributor.author Shapi, Martin K.
dc.contributor.author Matengu, Keneth K.
dc.contributor.author MuAshekele, Hina
dc.date.accessioned 2015-10-28T05:50:34Z
dc.date.available 2015-10-28T05:50:34Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Cheikhyoussef, A., Shapi, M., Matengu, K., & Ashekele, H.M. (2011). Ethnobotanical study of indigenous knowledge on medicinal plant use by traditional healers in Oshikoto region, Namibia. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, 7:10. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11070/1573
dc.description.abstract The objective of this study was to establish a regional profile of the indigenous knowledge system (IKS) for medicinal plant use and cultural practices associated with the healing process of these plants by traditional healers in the Oshikoto region, Namibia. An ethnobotanical survey was undertaken to collect information from traditional healers during September and October 2008. Data was collected through the use of questionnaires and personal interviews during field trips in the ten constituencies of the Oshikoto region. A total of 47 respondents were interviewed with most of them aged 66 and above. The traditional healers in Oshikoto region use 61 medicinal plant species that belong to 25 families for the treatment of various diseases and disorders with the highest number of species being used for mental diseases followed by skin infection and external injuries. Trees (28 species) were found to be the most used plants followed by herbs (15 species), shrubs (10 species) and climbers (4 species). The average of the informant consensus factor (FIC) value for all ailment categories was 0.75. High FIC values were obtained for Pergularia daemia, and Tragia okanyua, which were reported to treat weakness and dizziness problems, snake bite, swelling and cardiovascular problems indicating that these species traditionally used to treat these ailments are worth examining for bioactive compounds. The traditional healers in Oshikoto possess rich ethno-pharmacological knowledge. This study allows for identifying many high value medicinal plant species, indicating high potential for economic development through sustainable collection of these medicinal plants. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.source.uri http://www.ethnobiomed.com/content/7/1/10 en_US
dc.subject Indigenous knowledge en_US
dc.subject Medical plant use en_US
dc.subject Traditional healers en_US
dc.subject Namibia en_US
dc.title Ethnobotanical study of indigenous knowledge on medicinal plant use by traditional healers in Oshikoto region, Namibia en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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