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Donnish Journal of Medicinal Plant Research

May 2015 Vol. 2(1), pp. 007-015

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Original Research Paper


Investigation on the Indigenous Knowledge of Medicinal Plants Used in Treating Ailments in Ekiti-State, Southwest Zone, Nigeria.


Olanipekun, M.K.* and Ajayi Babajide

Department of Plant Science, Ekiti-State University, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti-State, Nigeria.

Corresponding Author E-mail: omarykenny@yahoomail.com

Accepted 12th April, 2015.



Abstract


The demograhic characteristcs reports showed that the respondents of 60 years old and above shown better interest in the identification and collection of medicinal plants to treat various ailments in the study area. 59.76% of the respondents were illiterates, but the vast experiences and the belief they have on the effectiveness of the medicinal plants made the use to be preferred. The study showed the identification and collection of 50 botanicals belonging to 29 families. The respondents were quite familiar with the various diseased symptoms whereby 15 diseases such as malaria, typhoid fever, pains of diverse kinds, hypertension, diabetes, dysentery, microbial diseases and several others were identified. 16 botanicals were found used as an individual without adding other botanicals in herbal preparation while the remaining 44 botanicals belonging to 13 families were found used as a combination of two or more plants in a single herbal preparation. The mode of administration was mostly oral while the methods of preparation was mainly by infusion and decoction. However, the dosage and precaution were not scientifically proved.

Keywords: Demographic, Medicinal plants, Illiterates, Diseases, Herbal.

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Olanipekun, M.K. and Ajayi Babajide. Investigation on the Indigenous Knowledge of Medicinal Plants Used in Treating Ailments in Ekiti-State, Southwest Zone, Nigeria. 2(1) 2015 pp. 007-015.


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