Study assesses use of plants in antimalarial therapies
SciDev.Net, 29 January 2013

COTONOU, BENIN: Traditional healers in Benin possess sophisticated knowledge regarding the treatment of malaria with medicinal plants, and strategies should be developed to exploit this and promote the plants’ conservation, says a study conducted by researchers in Benin. Researchers at the University of Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou, documented more than 80 plants, which are believed to be antimalarial and used by traditional healers in southern Benin’s Allada plateau, to evaluate traditional knowledge and techniques for treating malaria. The families of Rubiaceae and Caesalpiniaceae were the most represented, with seven species each, although Dichapetalum madagascariense was the species most cited by traditional healers. The team found that the healers mainly use decoction, a method of extracting medicinal chemicals from plants by boiling, to prepare remedies. Read the article …