Plant folk medicines for gastrointestinal disorders among the main tribes of Sonora, Mexico

S. F. Moreno-Salazar*, R. E. Robles-Zepeda, D. E. Johnson

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Abstract

This paper describes the herbal remedies used by ethnic groups from Sonora, Mexico, for treatment of gastrointestinal diseases. Twelve types of these illnesses are cured using 85 different species which belong to 38 families. Thirty nine spp. are used to treat diarrhea, 28 for stomach-ache, 12 for constipation, 9 for intestinal parasites, 6 for indigestion, 3 for stomach or intestinal cancer, 3 for stomach inflammation and only 1 to treat gastrointestinal sicknesses, ulcers, gastritis, colitis and colic. Regarding the use of species of plant per ethnic group the following was observed: Mayo 47; Seri, 27; Yaqui, 13; Guarijio, 12, Pima, 5 and Papago, 3. The plants are used by two or more tribes, for the same or different illness but always related to the gastrointestinal system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)132-141
Number of pages10
JournalFitoterapia
Volume79
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2008

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We would like to thank the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología, Mexico (CONACYT) for the grant for this project.

Keywords

  • Gastrointestinal diseases
  • Medicinal plants
  • Traditional Mexican medicine

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