Cooling the Heat - Traditional remedies for malaria and fever in Northern Peru

dc.contributor.author Bussmann, Rainer W. en_US
dc.contributor.author Glenn, Ashley en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-27T21:57:30Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-27T21:57:30Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_US
dc.description research en_US
dc.description.abstract Malaria continues to be a major health challenge worldwide especially due to the increasingly fast development of resistance of Plasmodium falciparum to the drugs currently in use. A total of 17 plant species belonging to 17 genera and 13 families were documented and identified as anti-malarial herbal remedies in Northern Peru. Most species used were in Asteraceae, followed by Fabaceae and Solanaceae. The majority of anti-malarial herbal preparations were made from the leaves of plants, while the whole plant, flowers and stems were used less frequently. This suggests that the local healers count on a very well developed knowledge about the properties of different plant parts. In almost 70% of the cases fresh plant material was used to prepare remedies. Over half of all remedies were prepared as mixtures with multiple ingredients by boiling plant material either in water or in sugarcane spirit. The information gained on frequently used traditional remedies against malaria might give some leads towards future targets for further analysis in order to develop new anti-malaria drugs. However, more detailed scientific studies are desperately needed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the remedies employed traditionally. en_US
dc.identifier.citation Bussmann R W, Glenn A. 2010. Cooling the heat - traditional remedies for malaria and fever in Northern Peru. Ethnobotany Res Appl 8:125-134. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1547-3465 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/21004
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher University of Hawaii at Manoa en_US
dc.title Cooling the Heat - Traditional remedies for malaria and fever in Northern Peru en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US
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