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Title: The Knowledge of Preparatory School Students on Medicinal Plants
Other Titles: A Case Study of Menelik ІІ Preparatory School
???metadata.dc.contributor.*???: Dr. Gurja Belay
Dinku, Tadele
Keywords: Traditional Medicinal Plants;Students;Addis Ababa;Ethiopia
Issue Date: Aug-2017
Publisher: Addis Ababa University
Abstract: Ethiopia is one of African nation in the world with rich source of traditional medicinal plants (800 species) and the knowledge is transferred orally from generation to generation. An ethnobotanical information based on semi structured questionnaire among 210 (68 males and 142 females) grade 11 students of Menelik ІІ Preparatory School in Addis Ababa were carried out to assess their knowledge or understanding of traditional medicinal plants . A total of nineteen (19) plants were identified by students mostly that belongs to family of Lamiaceae contain three, Asteraceae and Rutaceae which consists of two species each and the rest consists of one species only. The respondants mention their vernacular names in Amharic language and the ailment they treat (cure) such as influenza with damakassie, gunfan with nechshinkurt and stomach ache with tenaadam. The oral route of administration is the most common application of medicinal plants with 38%, out of the plant part used for treatment the most commonly used by patients is leaf 28%. The medicinal plants are given in the form of crushed, decoction, infusion, steam and smoke bath. However the most common is crushed part of the plant with 32%, herbs are the most common used part of the plants with 47.4% and Ocmium lamifolium is preferable plant to treat mitch with 78%. This study demonstrates that there is some importance of traditional medicine in the treatment of human diseases and plays a basic role in healthcare systems community. However students have limitations in their knowledge and the use of traditional plants, so there have to be much efforts to introduce and familiarize the young generation with traditional medicinal plants by integrating into the school curricula.
Description: A Thesis Submitted to the School of Graduate Studies of Addis Ababa University in Partial Fulfillment of the Degree of Masters of Science in Biology.
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