Vol. 3, Issue 3 (2018)
Ethnobotanical survey of medicinal plants used in treatment of tuberculosis in Bauchi state Nigeria
Author(s): Aliyu KB, Aska AS, Dr. Ishyaku AM, Yakubu A
Abstract: The research is aimed at conducting an ethnobotanical survey of medicinal plants used in the management of tuberculosis and other respiratory diseases in Bauchi State. Research designed ethnobotanical Survey Questionnaires were administered to registered and non-registered members of traditional medicine practitioners association in some LGAs and the questionnaires were collected on the spot. The ethno-botanical survey of medicinal plants used by traditional herbalists in the treatment of tuberculosis and other respiratory diseases in Bauchi State showed that there are many plants (both Local and Botanical names were presented in table 1) and parts of the plants are used by the herbalists in the treatment of the ailments. It also showed that some plants were cited many times than other plants for a specific ailment probably due to its curative effects. A total of 48 plants were reported in the study. These plants were used by the herbalists to manage tuberculosis and other respiratory diseases (Table 2). The ailments considered in the survey are; Asthma, cough, cold, catarrh, chest pain, sore throat and tuberculosis (TB) in the three senatorial zones in the state. Plants that recorded number of citations ≥ 9 were considered for further investigation. Fourteen (14) plants have recorded high citation among all plants reported and the parts of these plants which are used by the herbalists were recommended for extraction and further studies.