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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.
Annan, Kofi
Mensah, Merlin Lincoln Kwao
Dickson, Rita Akosua
Agyare, Christian
Komlaga, Gustav
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 Ghana 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
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/9845
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