African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines
African Ethnomedicines Network
Vol. 10, No. 2, 2013, pp. 316-323
Bioline Code: tc13039
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines, Vol. 10, No. 2, 2013, pp. 316-323
© African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines
MEDICINAL PLANTS USED FOR THE TREATMENT OF TUBERCULOSIS BY BAPEDI TRADITIONAL HEALERS IN THREE DISTRICTS OF THE LIMPOPO PROVINCE, SOUTH AFRICA|
Semenya, Sebua Silas & Maroyi, Alfred
The present study was aimed at documenting medicinal plants used for the treatment of tuberculosis (TB) by the
Bapedi traditional healers in three districts of the Limpopo Province, South Africa. Fifty two traditional healers from 17
municipalities covering Capricorn, Sekhukhune and Waterberg districts were interviewed between January and July 2011.
Twenty one medicinal plant species belonging to 20 genera and 18 families were documented. The majority (61.9%) are
indigenous and the rest are exotics, found near homes as weeds or cultivated in home gardens as ornamentals or food plants.
Hyacinthaceae, Moraceae and Rutaceae families were the most represented families in terms of species numbers (9.5% each).
Herbs and trees (38% each) constituted the largest proportion of the growth forms of the medicinal plants used. Tuberculosis
remedies were mostly prepared from leaves (34%) followed by roots (21%). The therapeutic claims made on medicinal plants
used to treat TB by the Bapedi traditional healers are well supported by literature, with 71.4% of the species having antimicrobial
properties or have similar ethno medicinal uses in other countries. This study therefore, illustrates the importance
of medicinal plants in the treatment and management of TB in the Limpopo Province, South Africa.
Bapedi traditional healers; ethnobotanical survey; Limpopo Province; South Africa; Tuberculosis
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