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African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines
African Ethnomedicines Network
ISSN: 0189-6016
Vol. 5, No. 4, 2008, pp. 387‐390
Bioline Code: tc08053
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines, Vol. 5, No. 4, 2008, pp. 387‐390

 en A Review of Traditional Plants Used in the Treatment of Epilepsy Amongst the Hausa/Fulani Tribes of Northern Nigeria
Muazu, J. & Kaita, A. H.

Abstract

Five prescriptions used in the treatment of epilepsy amongst the Hausa/Fulani tribe of Northern Nigeria were collected from traditional healers. The five prescriptions containing eight plants were reviewed as in literature to ascertain scientific basis of their use in treatment of epilepsy. Securidaca longipedunculata check for this species in other resources (family Polygalaceace) was reported to have such property; Mitragyna inermis check for this species in other resources (family Rubiaceae) has alkaloids structurally similar to clinically useful anticonvulsant. Celtis integrefolia (family Ulmaceae) was reported to contain gamma amino butyric acid (GABA) that its deficiency may lead to convulsions. The remaining plants were basically helpful in alleviation of associated symptoms of epilepsy except Centaurea praecox check for this species in other resources (family Asteraceae) which was reported to have neurotoxic substances that may worsen the disease.

Keywords
Epilepsy, Traditional healers, prescription, plants, Hausa/Fulani

 
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