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Traditional use of medicinal plants in the region of Mostaganem, Algeria

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Hafsa Benaiche, Nadia Bouredja, Amel Alioua

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J. Bio. Env. Sci.17( 3), 129-138, September 2020


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Medicinal plants are since antiquity used to relieve and cure human diseases. In fact, their therapeutic properties are due to the presence of hundreds even thousands of natural compounds bioactive called secondary metabolites. In Mostaganem one of the most important cities in Algeria the appeal to the herbalist to cure diseases which resist to the conventional medicine became recurring. An ethnobotanical study was conducted to put in evidence the place of the phytotherapy in the traditional care system in the city of Mostaganem. This study consists of inventoried medicinal plants and identifying different ways of using and exploiting these plants in traditional medicine. Using 500 survey cards, the ethnobotanical survey was conducted in a period of 3 months (from August to October 2018), we used Excel for data analysis. The survey allowed us to identify 54 species belonging to 27 botanical families. The family of Lamiaceae is the most dominant followed by Apiaceae. In addition, the leaves are the most used part (36%). Furthermore, the infusion was the major mode of preparation (65%). In terms of diseases treated, digestive disorders are first (51%), followed by respiratory diseases (17%). The results obtained will be a very valuable source of information for the region studied. This study could be a database for further research in the fields of pharmacology to prove the efficacy of medicinal plants.


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