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Survey of Anti-Inflammatory Plants Sold on Herb Markets in Lagos Nigeria

Author(s): M.O. Sofidiya | O.A. Odukoya | A.J. Afolayan | O.B. Familoni

Journal: International Journal of Botany
ISSN 1811-9700

Volume: 3;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 302;
Date: 2007;
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Keywords: Ethnobotany | medicinal plant market | traditional knowledge | inflammatory diseases | Lagos | Nigeria

Ethnobotanical survey conducted presents findings on medicinal plants commercialized and used for the treatment of inflammatory diseases in the major herb markets in Lagos metropolis. Data were collected through direct interview with traditional herb sellers using unstructured questionnaires. Study revealed a total of 41 plants species belonging to 23 families. Botanical and local names, plant part used, methods of preparation and administration are described. The part of the plants most frequently used was the leaves 55%, stem bark (14%), root (11%), whole plant (9%), sap (5%), aerial parts, flowers and fruits (2%) each. There was a high degree of informant consensus for the family Sapindaceae while oral and topical routes of administration are commonly employed.
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