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Title:Medicinal plants for healing sores and wounds among the communities surrounding Ungoye forest, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Authors:Mthethwa, Ntombeziningi Shirley
De Wet, Helen
Year:2011
Periodical:Indilinga: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Volume:10
Issue:2
Pages:228-234
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:medicinal plants
ethnobotany
Zulu
External link:https://hdl.handle.net/10520/EJC61395
Abstract:The article is based on a study that aimed at documenting the ethno-knowledge on the usage of plants for healing wounds and sores in the rural areas around Ungoye forest, in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, as well as the methods of preparation and dosages of medicinal plants used by people in the area. The survey was conducted in 2007 in eighty Zulu homesteads. Information was collected through verbal communication and structured questionnaires. The focus was on the medicinal plants that grow in the Ungoye forest and around the homesteads. The survey revealed 33 plant species belonging to 27 plant families. The most commonly used plant for treating wounds and sores was Hypericum aethiopicum ('Unsukumbili'). Out of these 33 plants species 10 were documented for the first time for the usage in wound and sore healing. The findings support the traditional value that the medicinal plants have in the primary healthcare system at uMgoye area, the need to put in place conservation measures to ensure the availability and usage of medicinal plants and to encourage the domestication and cultivation of medicinal plants where possible. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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