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      Use of medicinal plants for the treatment of oral diseases in Burkina Faso.

      Journal of Ethnopharmacology
      Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Burkina Faso, ethnology, Child, Gingivitis, drug therapy, Humans, Medicine, African Traditional, Middle Aged, Mouth Diseases, Plant Extracts, isolation & purification, therapeutic use, Plant Structures, Plants, Medicinal, Toothache

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          This paper presents the findings of an investigation into the treatment of oral diseases with medicinal plants in the Kadiogo province, Burkina Faso. Although the region is mainly urban, it appears that traditional healers who live there, and the general population, continue to rely on plant products when dealing with a broad range of oral health concerns. Sixty-two relevant species belonging to 29 families were identified, and each was documented with regard to its local name, part used, indication, mode of administration, and the collection and storage procedure used (when those data were available). A number of ideas for research topics emerged from this work, some of which promise to help selection and prescription of improved traditional remedies for oral diseases at the primary health care level in Burkina Faso.

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