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Revista Brasileira de Farmacognosia

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NUNES, G.P.; SILVA, M.F. da; RESENDE, U.M.  and  SIQUEIRA, J.M. de. Medicinal plants from herb sellers operating in downtown Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Rev. bras. farmacogn. [online]. 2003, vol.13, n.2, pp.83-92. ISSN 0102-695X.

A survey of the medicinal plants requested from and/or indicated by herb sellers operating in the central area of Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, was performed at two different times - 1992 and 2002. The first survey revealed 27 species being used; the second one, 32 species. The species most often consumed (Maytenus cf. macrodonta, ‘cancorosa’; Baccharis trimera, ‘carqueja’; Achyrocline alata, ‘jateí-kaá’; Stryphnodendron adstringens, ‘barbatimão’; Cochlospermum regium, ‘algodãozinho’, and Echinodorus macrophyllus, ‘chapéu-de-couro’) were acquired for identification and evaluation of their quality. On both occasions, the quality of the samples was negatively affected by features that made them inappropriate for human consumption. The results of both surveys agreed as to the species most used. Also, a satisfactory degree of coherence was found regarding the data available on the self-medication behavior of the population of Campo Grande. These medicinal plants were more often sought for analgesic use and for symptoms related to the genitourinary, respiratory and skeletomuscular systems, connective tissue and dyspepsia/maldigestion.

Keywords : medical plants; ethnobotany; herb sellers; Campo Grande/MS/Brazil; quality control.

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