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|Title: ||Medicinal plant use and conservation practices by communities in the Togo Plateau Forest Reserve, Ghana|
|Authors: ||Dogor, Gilchrist K. Faith|
Nyarko, Ruby A.
Anning, Alexander K.
|Keywords: ||Medicinal plants|
Togo Plateau forest reserve
|Issue Date: ||5-Nov-2018|
|Publisher: ||Journal of Medicinal Plants Research|
|Citation: ||Journal of Medicinal Plants Research, Vol. 12(30), pp. 575-589,|
|Abstract: ||The use of plants for medicine has constituted an important aspect of primary healthcare delivery
system of people throughout the world for many centuries. Nonetheless, information on medicinal
plants and their conservation are still lacking in some areas, including the Togo Plateau Forest Reserve
in Ghana. This paper investigates the ethnobotany of the Togo Plateau Forest Reserve, Ghana, to
document the traditional knowledge, uses and conservation of medicinal plants. Information on these
plants was sought through a structured questionnaire administered to 384 registered members of the
Ghana Federation of Traditional Medicine Practitioners’ Association including certified traditional
healers, traditional birth attendants (TBAs), vendors of herbal remedies, managers of herbal medicine
centers, and local plant collectors from six communities within the catchment area of the Togo Plateau
Forest Reserve. The study recorded 114 medicinal plant species, including 14 herbs, 6 lianas, 21 shrubs
and 74 trees that are mostly collected from the wild. The most commonly cited medicinal plant species
were Azadirachta indica, Alstonia boonei, Morinda lucidaand Nauclea latifolia, mostly used to treat
human conditions such as malaria, jaundice, rheumatism, andcough. Mostof the herbal medicines were
prepared as decoctions and administered by drinking. Majority of the informants (75%) were within the
age bracket of 41-60 years, with males (39%) out numbering the females (36%). Barks, roots and leaves
were the most commonly used plant parts, and these were mostly collected by destructive methods.
The unregulated collection of plant parts and harvesting methods may reduce plant species richness
and abundance in the area, requiring sustained conservation efforts in order to benefit from them
|Description: ||This article is published in Journal of Medicinal Plants Research and is available at DOI: 10.5897/JMPR2018.6686|
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