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Erectile dysfunction is a disease that is increasingly affecting men. The study examined the traditional use of medicinal plants in the treatment of erectile dysfunction among the Baka people in the eastern region of Cameroon. The study took place over interspersed periods from January 2018 to January 2021 in 9 villages. Forty-four people were interviewed via a questionnaire. One hundred and fifty-nine citations and 71 treatments were recorded, involving 44 plant species distributed in 38 genera, and 25 families. The User Agreement Value (UAV) index and the Spatial Use Convergence index (SUC) lead to the same results highlighting the importance of some plant species used by Baka people for treating erectile dysfunction problems. The results obtained thus show the effectiveness of the methods used to detect plants confirmed for traditional use. This work would serve as a basis for more elaborate pharmacological and toxicological studies to confirm the biological activity of other species widely used by the Baka as medicines, and which have not yet been indicated elsewhere and studied; thus justifying their use in traditional medicine.
Key words: Ethnobotanical study, medicinal plants, Baka people, treatment of erectile dysfunction.
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