Studies focusing on plants used medicinally to heal and manage rhinitis are very scarce in Africa and elsewhere.
To document plants used by traditional healers (THs) in the treatment and management of rhinitis and related
symptoms in the Limpopo Province of South Africa.
Data was gathered using a semi structured interviews with 105 THs in the Limpopo Province, supplemented by field
expeditions for plant specimen collection and observation.
63 plant species from 59 genera distributed across 40 botanical families, mainly the Asteraceae
(7 spp.) and Euphorbiaceae
(6 spp.) were therapeutically used by THs. Overall, 77 herbal recipes (87%=mono and 12.9%=poly), mainly prepared from
roots (55.5%) and leaves (19%) were recorded. Most of these recipes were processed via pounding (59.7%) and boiling (20.7%).
Oral (44.1%) and nasal (33.7%) was the preferred modes of dispensing remedies by THs.
were the most widely used and preferred species for
treatment of rhinitis and/or related symptom by all questioned THs.
This study is the first to document plants used traditionally to treat rhinitis in Africa. Therefore, it provides a baseline
data on the plants used to heal rhinitis in the Limpopo Province. Finding of this study can be used as apedestal for further
investigation in to effective plant-based anti-rhinitis drugs.