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Vol : 7 , Issue : 6 , Month : June , Year : 2021
Journal Name : EPRA International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research (IJMR)
Title : AN ANTHROPOLOGICAL APPROACH TO THE USE OF MEDICINAL PLANTS IN THE TREATMENT OF DISEASES: THE CASE OF KING GRASS (AGERATUM CONYZOIDES) IN BATIBO SUBDIVISION IN NORTH WEST REGION OF CAMEROON
DOI : https://doi.org/10.36713/epra7496
Author names : Mukum Cenotar Engwari,Ngoe Fritz Eseokwea (PhD),Achu Frida Njiei (PhD)
Abstract : Batibo subdivision has several medicinal plants used in the treatment of diseases; among them is king grass, which has been used by traditional healers in the treatment of several diseases some of which have defied modern or orthodox medicines. This research examines the uses of king grass among herbalists or traditional healers in treatment of a wide spectrum of diseases which are believed to be attributed by both physical and spiritual causes. Data for the study was collected through documentation, interviews, observations, and group discussions. Results indicates that king grass has about seventeen uses for treatment of tropical diseases which have defied conventional approaches. However, the greatest handicap encountered by healers is their inability to harvest and preserve the plant in its fresh forms as preferred by the healers. Research for preservation of the plant in its fresh forms can save lives during season of scarcity. It is therefore necessary for government and its agencies to create an enabling environment for preservation of the plant than relying on seasons when it is made available. Research in postharvest for the plant will increase its availability and accessibility to actors as its life saving potentials will no longer be seasonal.
Keywords : Anthropological Approach, Diseases, King grass, medicinal plants.
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