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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|
Dickson, Rita A.
Mensah, Merlin Lincoln Kwao
Loiseau, Philippe M.
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|
|Appears in Collections:||College of Health Sciences|
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