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      Ethnopharmacological survey of medicinal herbs in Israel, the Golan Heights and the West Bank region

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      Journal of Ethnopharmacology
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          Abstract

          An extensive ethnopharmacological survey was conducted among the most well known Arabic indigenous herbal practitioners in Israel, the Golan Heights and the West Bank in order to evaluate the potential of local plants used in treating different diseases and illnesses. Thirty-one indigenous practitioners' of Arabic traditional medicine ranging in age from 40 to 116 years, were interviewed using a previously prepared questionnaire. The current survey revealed that 129 plant species are still in use in Arabic traditional medicine for the treatments of various diseases. Among these plants, there are 40 species used for treating skin diseases, 27 species for treating kidney and urinary system, 26 species for treating diabetes, 23 species for treating digestive system including stomach and intestinal pain and inflammation, 22 species for treating liver diseases, 16 species for treating respiratory system and coughing, 13 species for treating forms of cancer and nine species for treating weight loss and cholesterol reduction. Additional findings and implications of this current survey including preparation methods and route of use are discussed in this report.

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          Journal
          Journal of Ethnopharmacology
          Journal of Ethnopharmacology
          Elsevier BV
          03788741
          December 2002
          December 2002
          : 83
          : 3
          : 251-265
          Article
          10.1016/S0378-8741(02)00253-2
          12426094
          87a00ffe-08dc-48b4-9bcc-9e3ba50e67ff
          © 2002

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