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Asian Journal of Biological Sciences
Year: 2019  |  Volume: 12  |  Issue: 4  |  Page No.: 648 - 655

Ethnobotanical Study of Medicinal Plants Used for Treatment of Liver Diseases in Tepi Town, Southwest Ethiopia

Belachew Garedew and Dagne Abebe    

Abstract: Background and Objective: Traditional medicine plants are used for human diseases treatment throughout the world typically liver problems practiced by traditional healers. The study was carried out in Tepi town southwest Ethiopia with the objective of survey the medicinal plants used for the treatment of liver diseases and documented associated knowledge of the people. Materials and Methods: By using purposive sampling method and different data collection techniques such as questionnaire, interview, focus group discussion and case study, the reliable data was recorded. Results: Based on this ethnobotanical study a total of 33 medicinal plants belonging to 26 families were reported and documented from three kebeles of the town. The highest family in terms of species number was Asteraceae accounts 5 species followed by Euphorbiaceae 4 species and the rest families each with 1 species. Herbs were dominant habit plants (33.33%) followed by shrubs (24.24%) and tree (24.24%). The most frequently utilized plant parts for treatment of liver disease was leaf (36.36%) followed by combination of leaf and root (21.21%). Conclusion: The medicinal plant preparations were administered via oral route of administration that employed for the medicinal plant preparations most commonly used route of application. Adapting a recommended diagnostic and treatment using physical diagnosis by indigenous healers/practitioners attempted curing liver problem implementing prevention and control policies in the general population needs an urgent attention in the country.

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