Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine / 2012 / Article / Tab 2

Research Article

The Trade in Medicinal Animals in Northeastern Brazil

Table 2

Categories of diseases treated with animal-based medicines that are sold in public markets in Aracaju-SE, Fortaleza-CE, Maceió-AL, Recife-PE, and Salvador-BA, according to the “Centro Brasileiro de Classificação de Doenças” (1993).

CategoriesDiseases cited “by the vendors”Total

A“Attract money,” “attract partner,” “simpatias,” “evil eyes,” itch, bruise, pain, skin disease, edema, weakness, swelling, inflammations, infections, circulation problems, and lung problems15
BAsthma, bronchitis, nasal congestion, sore throat, flu, pneumonia, sinusitis, and cough8
CArthritis, arthrosis, healing, backache, toothache, joint pain, osteoporosis, and rheumatism8
DEarache and deafness2
EAlcoholism, injuries, muscular pain, strain, snake bites, and burns6
FStomach ache and gastritis2
GAcne, boils, eczema, and cracks in the feet4
HSexual impotence1
IStroke, thrombosis, and hemorrhoids3
JUrinary infection and menstrual cramps2
KHeadache and epilepsy2
LDiarrhea, erysipelas, and tuberculosis3


A: undefined illnesses; B: diseases of the respiratory system; C: diseases of the osteomuscular system and conjunctive tissue; D: diseases of the ear; E: lesions caused by poisoning and other external causes; F: diseases of the digestive system; G: diseases of the skin and the subcutaneous tissue; H: mental and behavioural perturbations; I: diseases of the circulatory system; J: diseases of the urogenital system; K: diseases of the nervous system; L: diseases caused by parasites; M: neoplasias (tumours); N: symptoms not categorized in other part or section.

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