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African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines
African Ethnomedicines Network
ISSN: 0189-6016
Vol. 13, No. 4, 2016, pp. 166-175
Bioline Code: tc16101
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines, Vol. 13, No. 4, 2016, pp. 166-175

 en ETHNOBIOLOGICAL SURVEY OF PLANTS AND ANIMALS USED FOR THE TREATMENT OF ACUTE RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS IN CHILDREN OF A TRADITIONAL COMMUNITY IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF BARBALHA, CEARÁ, BRAZIL.
Lemos, Izabel Cristina Santiago; Delmondes, Gyllyandeson de Araújo; dos Santos, Ana Deyva Ferreira; Santos, Enaide Soares; de Oliveira, Dayanne Rakelly; de Figueiredo, Patrícia Rosane Leite; Alves, Dailon de Araújo; Barbosa, Roseli; de Menezes, Irwin Rose Alencar; Coutinho, Henrique Douglas Melo; Kerntopf, Marta Regina & Fernandes, George Pimentel

Abstract

Background: The use of natural resources for the treatment of acute respiratory infections in children is a widespread practice within traditional communities, especially by women by being the primary caregivers. This study aimed to perform ethnobiological survey of plants and animals used for the treatment of acute respiratory infections in children of a traditional community in the municipality of Barbalha, Ceará, Brazil.
Methods: It is a descriptive exploratory study with a quantitative approach, developed in Sítio Santo Antônio, in the municipality of Barbalha, Ceará, Brazil. As a tool for data collection, was applied a questionnaire and a semi-structured interview. Data analysis used descriptive statistics (simple and percentage rate) and the Relative Frequency of Citation.
Results: The research included a total of 54 informants. In total, there were 38 species cited. According to the Relative Frequency of Citation the following species were the most cited: Ocimum basilicum check for this species in other resources L. (0.59), Eucalyptus globulus Labill check for this species in other resources (0.59), Plectranthus amboinicus check for this species in other resources (L.) Spreng (0.42), Hyptis suaveolens check for this species in other resources (L.) Poit. (0.24), Allium aescalonicum check for this species in other resources L. (0.22) and Mentha arvensis check for this species in other resources L. (0.18). Among the symptoms mentioned by the research subjects to treat the acute respiratory infections in childhood, there were: fever; cough; coughing with secretions; sore throat; hoarseness; tiredness; nasal congestion.
Conclusions: It is important the knowledge about the usefulness of natural resources as alternative practices in diseases treatment, seeking to rescue popular knowledge used in the traditional community and fomenting the need to consider cultural aspects in the full practice to children´s health care.

Keywords
Ethnobotany; Ethnomedicine; Acute respiratory infections; Natural products; Children's Health

 
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