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Diversity of medicinal plants and anthropogenic threats in the Samburu Central Sub-County of Kenya

Gafna, Dikko J.; Dolos, Klara; O Mahiri, Ishmael; Mahiri, Joseph G.; Obando, Joy A.

Abstract:
Background: Traditional herbal medicine has been a constant source of substances for curing and preventing a variety of ailments. Biodiversity of medicinal plants and effects of human activities on availability of traditional herbal medicine have continuously received just a cursory treatment. This study sought to determine the biodiversity of medicinal plants and evaluate the effects of human activities on availability of traditional herbal medicine among the Samburu pastoral community in Kenya.
Materials and Methods: A questionnaire survey was addressed to 195 randomly stratified household respondents in four villages in Samburu Central Sub-county. Transect walks were carried out in the four villages to determine the diversity of the medicinal plants. Voucher specimens of the medicinal plant species were deposited at Kenyatta University Herbarium.
Results: The species richness comprised of 19 medicinal plants, majority of which grew in the wild but were threatened by human activities. 56% of the households reported that fire incidences highly affected availability of traditional herbal medicine, 50% reported that grazing of live ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000076158
Veröffentlicht am 02.11.2017
Originalveröffentlichung
DOI: 10.21010/ajtcam.v14i5.10
Seitenaufrufe: 43
seit 04.05.2018
Downloads: 35
seit 10.01.2018
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Geographie und Geoökologie (IFGG)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Jahr 2017
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 0189-6016
urn:nbn:de:swb:90-761589
KITopen-ID: 1000076158
Erschienen in African journal of traditional, complementary and alternative medicines
Band 14
Heft 5
Seiten 72–79
Bemerkung zur Veröffentlichung Gefördert durch den KIT-Publikationsfonds
Schlagworte medicinal plant, traditional herbal medicine, Kenya, Samburu
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