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|Title: ||Medicinal plants and finished marketed herbal products used in the treatment of malaria in the Ashanti Region, Ghana|
|Authors: ||Champy, Pierre|
Loiseau, Philippe M.
Mensah, Merlin Lincoln Kwao
Dickson, Rita Akosua
|Issue Date: ||23-Jun-2015|
|Publisher: ||Journal of Ethnopharmacology|
|Citation: ||Journal of Ethnopharmacology PII: S0378-8741(15)30006-4 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jep.2015.06.041 Reference: JEP9603|
|Abstract: ||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.
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. Twentythree
(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
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 was published by Journal of Ethnopharmacology PII: S0378-8741(15)30006-4 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jep.2015.06.041 Reference: JEP9603|
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