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Diversity of Hypoxis species used in ethnomedicine in Tanzania
Muhimbili Univ Hlth & Allied Sci, Inst Tradit Med, POB 65001, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
Muhimbili Univ Hlth & Allied Sci, Inst Tradit Med, POB 65001, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Organismal Biology, Systematic Biology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1934-9838
Univ Potsdam, Biodivers Res Systemat Bot, D-14469 Potsdam, Germany.
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2019 (English)In: South African Journal of Botany, ISSN 0254-6299, E-ISSN 1727-9321, Vol. 122, p. 336-341Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The corms of different Hypoxis species (Hypoxidaceae) are used for the treatment and management of a variety of human ailments and disorders in African traditional medicine. However, the used corms are morphologically similar and it is not known whether this has resulted in different species being harvested, prescribed and sold as the same species. Ethnomedicinal information regarding its use in Tanzania is scanty and the available ethnobotanical information about the plants is mostly from various studies done outside Tanzania. The objective of the study was to document the diverse uses of Hypoxis in Tanzania and study what species are used and whether preferences exist for specific species. Focus group discussions and in depth interviews with informants were done in 15 regions of Tanzania to document local uses of Hypoxis species and collect vouchers for identification. Traditional practitioners use Hypoxis to manage a variety of human illness in Tanzania, and appear to use different species indiscriminately for medicine, socio-cultural applications and for food. Medicinal uses include treatment of benign prostate hypertrophy, cancer, diabetes, gout, headache, HIV/AIDS, infertility, ringworms, stomachache, and urinary tract infections. In Tanzania, different Hypoxis species are used indiscriminately for a range of sociocultural and medicinal purposes. The reported medicinal uses could aid testing and evaluation of traditional herbal medicine and more research is needed to test their pharmacological effects. (C) 2018 SAAB. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV , 2019. Vol. 122, p. 336-341
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Corms, Ethnobotany, Hypoxis, Tanzania, Traditional medicine
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Botany
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-387550DOI: 10.1016/j.sajb.2018.03.004ISI: 000469020300018OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-387550DiVA, id: diva2:1330513
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Swedish Research Council, E0347601Helge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse Available from: 2019-06-25 Created: 2019-06-25 Last updated: 2019-06-25Bibliographically approved

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