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African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines
African Ethnomedicines Network
ISSN: 0189-6016
Vol. 4, No. 2, 2007, pp. 191-198
Bioline Code: tc07026
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2007, pp. 191-198

 en MEDICINAL PLANTS USEFUL FOR MALARIA THERAPY IN OKEIGBO, ONDO STATE, SOUTHWEST NIGERIA
Tolu O. Odugbemi, Odunayo R. Akinsulire ,Ibukun E. Aibinu and Peter O. Fabeku

Abstract

There is increasing resistance of malaria parasites to chloroquine, the cheapest and commonly used drug for malaria in Nigeria. Artemisin, a product from medicinal plant indigenous to China, based on active principle of Artemisia annua check for this species in other resources , has been introduced into the Nigerian market. However not much has been done to project antimalaria properties of indigenous medicinal plants. This study thus, has the main objective of presenting medicinal plants used for malaria therapy in Okeigbo, Ondo State, South west Nigeria. Focus group discussions and interview were held about plants often found useful for malaria therapy in the community. Fifty species (local names) including for example: Morinda lucida check for this species in other resources (Oruwo), Enantia chlorantha check for this species in other resources (Awopa), Alstonia boonei check for this species in other resources (Ahun), Azadirachta indica check for this species in other resources (Dongoyaro)and Khaya grandifoliola check for this species in other resources (Oganwo) plants were found to be in use for malaria therapy at Okeigbo, Southwest, Nigeria . The parts of plants used could either be the barks, roots, leaves or whole plants. The recipes also, could be a combination of various species of plants or plant parts. This study highlights potential sources for the development of new antimalarial drugs from indigenous medicinal plants found in Okeigbo, Nigeria.

Keywords
Malaria, Medicinal plants, antimalarial drugs, Okeigbo, Southwest Nigeria.

 
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