Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Ethnobotany: A Living Science for Alleviating Human Suffering


Publishing date
12 Feb 2016
Status
Published
Submission deadline
25 Sep 2015

1Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan

2Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Richmond, UK

3Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, Australia

4Institute of Forage Crops, Pleven, Bulgaria

5California Department of Food and Agriculture, Sacramento, USA


Ethnobotany: A Living Science for Alleviating Human Suffering

Description

From time immemorial, plants served as the first source of medicine to treat ailments. Man learnt about the therapeutic use of plants through trials and errors. Such information was passed down orally for generation after generation and sometimes recorded in herbal and other texts on materiamedica that led to the development of the traditional health care system of medicine, practiced in various countries of the world. Ethnobotanical studies discover plant resources that can be used for targeting novel compounds leading to the development of new medicaments for treating especially complicated and minor diseases.

Despite their certain economic value, medicinal plants are declining in many areas due to rapid loss of natural habitats, alteration of native plant communities by invasive exotic plants, and human encroachment. The traditional material culture is therefore declining and many rural societies are rapidly losing their cultural knowledge about medicinal plants. Ethnobotanists are studying different cultures to document traditional knowledge of medicinal plants before it vanishes.

Keeping the importance of ethnobotany, an interdisciplinary field of study, this especial issue is dedicated to the integration of past and present use of plants reporting traditional/folk medicinal use. We invite researchers to contribute to this issue by sending reviews as well as original research articles.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Documentation of indigenous medicobotanical knowledge of indigenous communities
  • Traditional phytotherapies/medicaments used in treating various diseases
  • Scientific model based discoveries relating to phytochemistry, pharmacology, and toxicology of ethnobotanically important plants
  • Observatory and experimental investigation of the biological activities of traditionally used plants

Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 9641692
  • - Editorial

Ethnobotany: A Living Science for Alleviating Human Suffering

Rahmatullah Qureshi | Shahina A. Ghazanfar | ... | Mohammad A. Tariq
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 4238625
  • - Research Article

Ethnobotanical Study of Plants Used in the Management of HIV/AIDS-Related Diseases in Livingstone, Southern Province, Zambia

Kazhila C. Chinsembu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 5060247
  • - Research Article

The Status of Ethnobotanical Knowledge of Medicinal Plants and the Impacts of Resettlement in Delanta, Northwestern Wello, Northern Ethiopia

Misganaw Meragiaw | Zemede Asfaw | Mekuria Argaw
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 2850845
  • - Research Article

Ethnomedical Knowledge of Plants Used for the Treatment of Tuberculosis in Johor, Malaysia

Siti Fatimah Sabran | Maryati Mohamed | Mohd Fadzelly Abu Bakar
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 506413
  • - Research Article

In Vitro Pharmacological Activities and GC-MS Analysis of Different Solvent Extracts of Lantana camara Leaves Collected from Tropical Region of Malaysia

Mallappa Kumara Swamy | Uma Rani Sinniah | Mohd. Sayeed Akhtar
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 764238
  • - Research Article

The Antioxidant and Starch Hydrolase Inhibitory Activity of Ten Spices in an In Vitro Model of Digestion: Bioaccessibility of Anthocyanins and Carotenoids

Nilakshi Jayawardena | Mindani I. Watawana | ... | Viduranga Y. Waisundara
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 925432
  • - Research Article

The Ameliorating Effect of Myrrh on Scopolamine-Induced Memory Impairments in Mice

Samrat Baral | Du-Hyong Cho | ... | Jungwon Seo
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 649832
  • - Research Article

Ethnomedicinal Plants Used by Traditional Healers to Treat Oral Health Problems in Cameroon

Michael Ashu Agbor | Sudeshni Naidoo
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