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African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines
African Ethnomedicines Network
ISSN: 0189-6016
Vol. 9, No. 1, 2012, pp. 81-87
Bioline Code: tc12012
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines, Vol. 9, No. 1, 2012, pp. 81-87

 en ETHNOMEDICAL STUDY AND IRON CONTENT OF SOME MEDICINAL HERBS USED IN TRADITIONAL MEDICINE IN COTE D’IVOIRE FOR THE TREATMENT OF ANAEMIA
Koné, W. Mamidou; Koffi, A. G.; Bomisso, E. L. & Tra Bi, F. H.

Abstract

Medicinal plants have been a source of succour in the control of many diseases in developing countries and anaemia is no exception. In this study, ethnomedical survey was carried out for recording medicinal plants used in Northern and South-Eastern Côte d’Ivoire against anaemia. Also iron content was determined for some of the recorded plants using phenanthroline method. Thirty (30) medicinal plants, covering 28 genera and 22 families were recorded. These plants were used to prepare 30 receipts for the treatment of anaemia and aggravating factors such as malaria and gastro-intestinal helminthes. Eleven (11) of these medicinal plants showed presence of iron in various quantities. The most promising were Tectona grandis check for this species in other resources , Amaranthus spinosus check for this species in other resources and Stylosanthes erecta check for this species in other resources which contained the highest iron contents viz; 266.6, 236.6 and 206.6 mg/100 g respectively. They were followed by Hoslundia opposita check for this species in other resources , Imperata cylindrica check for this species in other resources , Cajanus cajan check for this species in other resources , Thalia geniculata check for this species in other resources and Milicia excelsa check for this species in other resources . These results lend credence to the traditional use of these plants in Cote d’Ivoire’s ethnomedicine for the treatment of anaemia.

Keywords
Anaemia; Côte d’Ivoire; Ethnomedicine; Iron; Medicinal plants

 
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