Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3818

Full Length Research Paper

Confrontation between ethnopharmacology and scientific results of the herbal medicaments from Brazil to be applied in primary health care

Tales Alexandre Aversi-Ferreira1,2*, Peandra Paula Ribeiro1, Nattany Camila da Silva1,Lorraine Dias Brandão1, Lúcia Helena Almeida Gratão1, Enkhjargal Nyamdavaa2, Roqueline Ametila Aversi-Ferreira1, Hisao Nishijo2 and Guilherme Nobre Lima do Nascimento3    
1Biochemistry and Neurosciences Integrated Laboratory – LABINE, Federal University of Goiás, UFG, Catalão, Goiás, Brazil. 2System Emotional Science, School of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Toyama, Toyama, Japan. 3Biochemistry and Neurosciences Integrated Laboratory – LABINE, Federal University of Tocantins, Palmas, Brazil.    
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 17 April 2012
  •  Published: 10 April 2013


Many studies on medicinal plants were conducted without botanical or pharmacological selection, in what produced little information to support the use of phytotherapic medicine in basic health units. The aim of this work was to generate data from important medicinal plants used by Brazilian population obtained from ethnopharmacological studies and indicate its correct use based on pharmacological test. It was demonstrated that a proportion higher than 60% of errors from ethnopharmacologic indications confronted against ratified pharmacological studies. From these data, the health professional could obtain scientific support to use phytotherapy in alternative medicine in basic health units.


Key words: Ethnopharmacology, pharmacobotany, phytotherapy, basic health unit.