Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Medical Ethnobiology and Ethnopharmacology in Latin America 2013

Publishing date
23 Aug 2013
Submission deadline
05 Apr 2013

1Biology Department, Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco, Rua Dom Manoel de Medeiros, 52171-900 Recife, PE, Brazil

2Laboratory of Comparative Neuroimmunology, Department of Neurobiology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA

3Health and Education Center, Federal University of Campina Grande, Campus Cuité, Olho D’Água da Bica S/N, 58.175-000, Cuité, Paraíba, Brazil

4Departamento de Biologia, Universidade Estadual da Paraíba, 58429-500 Paraíba, PB, Brazil

5Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Bariloche, Argentina

Medical Ethnobiology and Ethnopharmacology in Latin America 2013


Through their long exposure and experience with natural resources, many local communities in Latin America have developed health care practices. Thousands of years of observation and experimentation have helped in the development of different empirical medical systems, as well as knowledge of plants, animals, and minerals. Both animals and plants provide extensive resources for new CAM approaches which may prove important for future applications. We are welcoming papers that explore different aspects of the use of natural resources in local medical systems of local people in Latin America, including health and disease perceptions, rituals, and practices, as well as studies involving the evaluation of local preparations from phytochemical and/or pharmacological point of view.

Studies that integrate local practices, based on natural resources, with local institutions (hospitals, doctors, and biomedicine) are especially welcome. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Recent developments in methods and theory
  • Ethnopharmacological evaluations of traditional drugs
  • Ethnobotany and traditional foods in health
  • Historical perspective of ethnopharmacology
  • Ethnopharmacology of America and psychoactive plants
  • Randomized and controlled studies on traditional remedies
  • Influence of migration on traditional medical systems
  • Medical ethnobotany and zootherapy (the healing of human ailments by using therapeutics based on medicines from animals or ultimately derived from them is known as zootherapy)
  • Ethnopharmacology in urban contexts
  • Study of the perception, use, and management of botanicals or other types of pharmaceuticals
  • Ethnopharmacology and development of new drugs

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  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 579346
  • - Research Article

Antiulcerogenic Activity of the Hydroalcoholic Extract of Leaves of Croton campestris A. St.-Hill in Rodents

Francisco E. B. Júnior | Dayanne R. de Oliveira | ... | Marta R. Kerntopf
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 823453
  • - Research Article

Bonellia albiflora: A Mayan Medicinal Plant That Induces Apoptosis in Cancer Cells

Rosa Moo-Puc | Juan Chale-Dzul | Edgar Caamal-Fuentes
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 164215
  • - Research Article

Biological Activities and Chemical Characterization of Cordia verbenacea DC. as Tool to Validate the Ethnobiological Usage

Edinardo Fagner Ferreira Matias | Erivânia Ferreira Alves | ... | José Galberto Martins da Costa
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 913671
  • - Research Article

Evaluations of the Antimicrobial Activities and Chemical Compositions of Body Fat from the Amphibians Leptodactylus macrosternum Miranda-Ribeiro (1926) and Leptodactylus vastus Adolf Lutz (1930) in Northeastern Brazil

Mario Eduardo Santos Cabral | Diógenes de Queiroz Dias | ... | Waltécio de Oliveira Almeida
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 291592
  • - Research Article

Efficacy of Plectranthus amboinicus (Lour.) Spreng in a Murine Model of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Skin Abscesses

Francisco Fábio Martins de Oliveira | Alba Fabiola Torres | ... | Aparecida Tiemi Nagao-Dias
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