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African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines
African Ethnomedicines Network
ISSN: 0189-6016
Vol. 9, No. 4, 2012, pp. 591-598
Bioline Code: tc12092
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines, Vol. 9, No. 4, 2012, pp. 591-598

 en PHYTOMEDICINE VERSUS GONORRHOEA: THE BAPEDI EXPERIENCE
Erasmus, Lourens Johannes Christoffel; Potgieter, Marthienus Johannes; Semenya, Silas Sebua & Lennox, Sandra Janet

Abstract

Records regarding the phytomedicine employed by the Bapedi are almost non-existent. This is the first study of herbal remedies used by Bapedi traditional healers to treat gonorrhoea, of concern as it is a danger to reproductive health. A semi-structured questionnaire, centred on sexual health, was administered to 30 traditional healers in 15 local municipalities across the three districts of Limpopo Province during 2009/10. The questionnaire focussed on the use of plants for medicine as well their application in reproductive health management. This investigation found that the Bapedi employed no less than 18 different plant species, sometimes as multiple-plant extracts, but more often as single-plant extracts. The single most used species was Catharanthus roseus check for this species in other resources , which accounted for 60% of all reported cases, followed by Aloe marlothii subsp. marlothii check for this species in other resources (13.3%). Both these species occur abundantly throughout the province and are currently not threatened. This is the first record for the use of Callilepis salicifolia check for this species in other resources , Jatropha zeyheri check for this species in other resources and Cotyledon orbiculata check for this species in other resources to treat gonorrhoea by people of any culture.

Keywords
Bapedi; gonorrhoea; Limpopo Province; sexually transmitted disease; reproductive health

 
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