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Title: Medicinal plants and finished marketed herbal products used in the treatment of malaria in the Ashanti region, Ghana
Authors: Komlaga, Gustav
Agyare, Christian
Dickson, Rita A.
Mensah, Merlin Lincoln Kwao
Annan, Kofi
Loiseau, Philippe M.
Champy, Champy
Keywords: Malaria
Antimalarial
Treatment
Medicinal plants
Finished marketed herbal products
Issue Date: Jul-2015
Publisher: Journal of ethnopharmacology
Citation: Journal of ethnopharmacology,
Abstract: Ethnopharmacological relevance: Ethnobotanical survey was performed to document medicinal plants employed in the management of malaria in the Bosomtwe and Sekyere East Districts of the Ashanti Region (Ghana), in comparison with the plant ingredients in herbal antimalarial remedies registered by the Ghana Food and Drug Administration. Materials and methods: Two hundred and three (203) herbalists from 33 communities within the two districts were interviewed on medicinal plants they use to manage malaria. A literature search was made to determine already documented plants. In addition, 23 finished marketed herbal products indicated for the management of malaria were identified and their labels examined to find out which of the plants mentioned in our survey were listed as ingredients and whether these products are in anyway regulated. Results: Ninety-eight (98) species of plants were cited for the management of malaria. In comparison with literature citations, 12 (12.2%) species were reported for the management of malaria for the first time and 20 (20.4%) others for the first time in Ghana. Twenty-three (23) finished marketed herbal antimalarial products examined contained aerial or underground parts of 29 of the plants cited in our survey as ingredients. Twenty-two (22) of these products have been registered by the Ghana Food and Drugs Authority, four (4) of which were included in the recommended herbal medicine list for treating malaria in Ghana. Conclusion: This study provides new additions to the inventory of medicinal plants used for the management of malaria and reports the commercial availability and regulation of finished marketed labelled herbal products intended for the treatment of malaria in Ghana
Description: This article is published in Journal of Ethnopharmacology and also available at DOI: 10.1016/j.jep.2015.06.041
URI: 10.1016/j.jep.2015.06.041
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