Ethnopharmacological relevance: This study documents the pharmaceutical importance of plant resources in the South-Eastern area of the Partenio Regional Park (PRP), inland Campania, Avellino province. This is reflected in the great diversity of plants used for medicinal purposes as well as in their wide range of medicinal applications. Materials and methods: In order to collect information on medicinal plants used in the investigated area and to maximize the collection of local knowledge, informants were randomly contacted in the streets, squares and fields. Data were collected through both open and semi-structured interviews with native people between April 2012 and April 2013. Results: The study recorded 87 plant species belonging to 76 genera and 35 families used as medicine for treating various diseases, both human and veterinary. Herbs represent the majority (56 species), followed by trees (18) and shrubs (13). Among the recorded plants, leaves were the most frequently used and topic use is the most common remedy. Cough is the most treated human disease followed by wounds healing. Conclusion: The investigated area is endowed with a strong tradition of herbal medicine usage for primary healthcare (PHC). The preservation of this knowledge is due to the continued use of plants for PHC by the local community. This is due to the fact that in the study area still exists an oral tradition that allows the persistence of such information. Recovering ancient knowledge is very important for preserving ethno-biodiversity and to discover new entities for a further evaluation of their biological activity.

Use of medicinal plants in the South-Eastern area of the Partenio Regional Park (Campania, Southern Italy) / Menale, Bruno; Muoio, Rosa. - In: JOURNAL OF ETHNOPHARMACOLOGY. - ISSN 0378-8741. - 153:1(2014), pp. 297-307. [10.1016/j.jep.2014.02.039]

Use of medicinal plants in the South-Eastern area of the Partenio Regional Park (Campania, Southern Italy)

MENALE, BRUNO;MUOIO, ROSA
2014

Abstract

Ethnopharmacological relevance: This study documents the pharmaceutical importance of plant resources in the South-Eastern area of the Partenio Regional Park (PRP), inland Campania, Avellino province. This is reflected in the great diversity of plants used for medicinal purposes as well as in their wide range of medicinal applications. Materials and methods: In order to collect information on medicinal plants used in the investigated area and to maximize the collection of local knowledge, informants were randomly contacted in the streets, squares and fields. Data were collected through both open and semi-structured interviews with native people between April 2012 and April 2013. Results: The study recorded 87 plant species belonging to 76 genera and 35 families used as medicine for treating various diseases, both human and veterinary. Herbs represent the majority (56 species), followed by trees (18) and shrubs (13). Among the recorded plants, leaves were the most frequently used and topic use is the most common remedy. Cough is the most treated human disease followed by wounds healing. Conclusion: The investigated area is endowed with a strong tradition of herbal medicine usage for primary healthcare (PHC). The preservation of this knowledge is due to the continued use of plants for PHC by the local community. This is due to the fact that in the study area still exists an oral tradition that allows the persistence of such information. Recovering ancient knowledge is very important for preserving ethno-biodiversity and to discover new entities for a further evaluation of their biological activity.
2014
Use of medicinal plants in the South-Eastern area of the Partenio Regional Park (Campania, Southern Italy) / Menale, Bruno; Muoio, Rosa. - In: JOURNAL OF ETHNOPHARMACOLOGY. - ISSN 0378-8741. - 153:1(2014), pp. 297-307. [10.1016/j.jep.2014.02.039]
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