"International Journal of Herbal Medicine"

Volume 2, Issue 2


Indigenous Utilization of Forest Plant Leaves in Malaria Treatment in Ogun State, Nigeria


Author(s): S. D. Idowu, S. A. Oluwalana, S. Momoh, and A.M. Aduradola

Abstract: This study examined indigenous utilization of forest plant leaves in malaria treatment in Ogun State, Nigeria to provide further information on the indigenous knowledge of forest plants leaves in healthcare delivery systems. Multi-stage sampling technique was adopted in this study. A total of one hundred and seventy-four respondents were sampled according to population distribution in each area.Well-structured questionnaire were administered through interview schedules on some randomly selected household users. A total of 50 plants species from 31 families were identified. These consisted of trees (44%), shrubs (20%), herbs (22%) and climbers (14%) whose leaves were usually extracted to effect cure during malaria attacks were recorded.Domestication of some of the plant leaves is essential and therefore recommended in order to prevent the extinction of the plants as there are fast disappearance of the African flora especially Nigerians’ due largely to deforestation of conservation of the forest plants.

Fig: Forest Plants Leaves Type Categorization in the Study Area

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