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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 49  |  Page : 95-101

Medicinal plants used by traditional healers in Jordan, the Tafila region

1 Faculty of Science, Taibah University, Almadinah Almunawarrah, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
3 Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia
4 Faculty of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, University of Petra, Amman, Jordan

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Dr. Abeer Abdelhalim
Faculty of Science, Taibah University, Almadina, Almonawarah
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0973-1296.203975

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Background: The reporting of the medicinal plants and their traditional uses is important in order to prevent this knowledge from being lost. The aims of this study were to collect information concerning the traditional use of medicinal plants in the region of Tafila; identify the most important medicinal plants; determine the relative importance of the species surveyed; and calculate the informant consensus factor (Fic) in relation to medicinal plant use. Materials and Methods: Data on the traditional medicinal uses of local plants were collected using qualitative tools. The informant consensus factor (Fic) for the category of aliments and the use value (UV) of the plant species were calculated. Results and Conclusions: The survey revealed that 41 plant species are still in use in Tafila for the treatments of various diseases. Problems of the digestive system had the highest Fic values, while Allium cepa L. and Matricaria aurea (Loefl.) Sch. Bip. scored the highest UV. Abbreviations used: Fic: Informants consensus factor, nur: number of use reports per each category, nt: number of taxa used, UV: use value of a species, U: number of uses per species, n: number of informants

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