Herbal medicine use in the districts of Nakapiripirit, Pallisa, Kanungu, and Mukono in UgandaJohn RS Tabuti, Collins B Kukunda, Daniel Kaweesi, Ossy MJ Kasilo
J Ethnobiol Ethnomed
2012 Sep 3;8:35
PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3484030
Researchers from Makerere University, Uganda National Commission for UNESCO and the World Health Organization conducted an ethnobotanical study to document indigenous knowledge relevant to herbal medicine in the rural districts of Mukono, Nakapiripirit, Kanungu and Pallisa in Uganda.
The participating communities were ethnically diverse:
“The people of Mukono belong to the Baganda tribe. The people of Nakapiripirit are Ngakarimojong by tribe, those of Kanungu are Bakiga and the ones of Pallisa belong to the tribes of the Ateso and the Bagwere. This implies that they have different [indigenous knowledge] and exploit useful plants in different ways. All these cultural groups subsist on crop agriculture as their main source of livelihood apart from the Ngakarimajong who are nomadic cattle keepers.”
In interviews, respondents reported knowledge of herbal medicines to treat 78 ailments using herbal medicines. Common ailments in the four districts include malaria, cough, headache, diarrhea, abdominal pain, flu, backache and eye disease. The team prioritized 44 plant species that were mentioned by three or more respondents.
Among the species highlighted is Azadirachta indica, which the authors note has shown antiplasmodial activity in vivo and in vitro in other studies.
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