Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3834

Full Length Research Paper

Use of the medicinal plant Bauhinia forficata Link. by carriers of type 2 diabetes mellitus: A study in the Brazilian amazon

Kristiane Alves Araújo
  • Kristiane Alves Araújo
  • Medicine Course, Health Sciences Center, Federal University of Roraima (UFRR), Avenida Capitão Ene Garces, 2413-Aeroporto, Boa Vista- Roraima, 69310-000, Brazil.
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Maxim Repetto
  • Maxim Repetto
  • Intercultural, Federal University of Roraima (UFRR), Boa Vista-Roraima, Brazil.
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Ires Paula de Andrade Miranda
  • Ires Paula de Andrade Miranda
  • Biodiversity and Biotechnology in the Legal Amazon, Researcher at the National Research Institute of the Amazon-INPA, Manaus-Amazonas, Brazil.
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  •  Received: 07 July 2019
  •  Accepted: 12 September 2019
  •  Published: 30 April 2020


This study utilized a quantitative approach and obtained results from 33 questionnaires and ten (10) semi structured interviews of people with diabetes. The results obtained were as follows: Participants used hypoglycemic plant species (cow's paw, carqueja and eucalyptus) in the form of an infusion, mostly once a day; a large percentage of participants believed that some plant species have the ability to aid in reducing blood glucose. The collected data were analyzed using a Microsoft Excel 2007 worksheet and were summarized by descriptive statistical methods. Despite the small number of users of these plants, this study is valid; therefore, it adds information about the use of these plants in the control of diabetes. In addition, it is essential that health professionals know about the use of these plants, so that they can inform the public about the most commonly used preparations and the risks they may have in order for the use to provide the desired health benefits. The data demonstrated the use and efficacy of this medicinal plant for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. The results contribute information for ethnopharmacological screenings and the research direction regarding the use of medicinal plants for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Key words: Diabetes mellitus, phytotherapy, Bauhinia forficata, public health, Brazilian Amazon.