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|Title: ||A Preliminary Ethno-medical Survey of Plants Used in the Traditional Management of Cancer and Related Diseases amongst Tarok People of Plateau State, North-Central Nigeria|
|Authors: ||Dafam, D. G.|
Ohemu, T. L.
Okwori, V. A.
Kagaru, D. C.
|Keywords: ||Cancer management|
traditional medicine practitioner
|Issue Date: ||2016|
|Publisher: ||European Journal of Medicinal Plants|
|Series/Report no.: ||Vol. 16;No. 4; Pp 1-10|
|Abstract: ||Aim of the Study: To document medicinal plant used in the treatment of cancer and related
diseases amongst Tarok people of Plateau State, North-Central Nigeria.
Study Design: Ethno medical survey and medicinal plant documentation.
Place and Duration of Study: Tarok community of Plateau State, North-central Nigeria from
March, 2013 - November, 2013.
Materials and Methods: This ethno medical survey was carried among the Tarok community to
find out their traditional and cultural way of maintaining well-being especially in combating cancer
and related diseases. It was observed that the ethno community uses plant recipes and other natural products to meet their healthcare needs. In this study, the target population includes,
Traditional medicine practitioners (TMP), herbalist, informants, (young and adults), herb sellers and
indigenes with knowledge base on medicinal plants used in the treatment of cancer. A structured
questionnaire and a one on one direct interview method was adapted to tape recorder and a video
camera were used.
Results: The results showed that 33 medicinal plants, representing 21 families were used. It also
shows that the recipes made were mostly plants parts combination with the stem barks and stem
bark/leaves combination were more often used (18.4% and 10.5% respectively). The used of root
part alone amongst the Tarok people in cancer and related diseases was rated 15.8%. The major
observable routes of administration were oral and topical application because cancer goes with
tumour/wound, inflammation and pains which is the basis for topical application of some of the
crude powder for treating the related conditions.
Conclusion: This study led to proper documentation of medicinal plant used in the treatment of
cancer and related diseases for the first time amongst the Tarok people. These findings can also
lead to the discovery of new, safe and effective anticancer drug.|
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