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African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines
African Ethnomedicines Network
ISSN: 0189-6016
Vol. 8, No. 5s, 2011, pp. 90-96
Bioline Code: tc11072
Full paper language: English
Document type: Review Article
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African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines, Vol. 8, No. 5s, 2011, pp. 90-96

 en Medicinal Plants Traditionally used in Mali for Dysmenorrhea
Sanogo, Rokia

Abstract

Dysmenorrhea is painful menstrual cramps, which negatively impacts the quality of life of a large percentage of the world’s female population in reproductive age. The paper reviews the plants used in the Malian traditional medicine for the treatment of dysmenorrhea. Some medicinal plants were effective for treatments of dysmenorrhea with minimal side effects. Conventional therapy for dysmenorrhea, which usually includes non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), provides symptomatic relief, but presents increasing adverse effects with long-term use. This article is in the framework of a study supported by International Foundation for Science (IFS) on three medicinal plants used in the treatment of dysmenorrhea in Mali: Maytenus senegalensis check for this species in other resources Stereospermum kunthianum check for this species in other resources and Trichilia emetica check for this species in other resources .

Keywords
Dysmenorrhea; Maytenus senegalensis; Stereospermum kunthianum; Trichilia emetica; Mali

 
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