Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3646

Full Length Research Paper

Ethnobotanical study of Arruda quilombo community in the State of Ceará, Brazil

Gilmara Matias de Sousa*
  • Gilmara Matias de Sousa*
  • Universidade Regional do Cariri - Rua Cel. Antônio Luis, 1161 - 63.100-000 - Pimenta - Crato/CE, Brazil.
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George Pimentel Fernandes
  • George Pimentel Fernandes
  • Universidade Regional do Cariri - Rua Cel. Antônio Luis, 1161 - 63.100-000 - Pimenta - Crato/CE, Brazil.
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Marta Regina Kerntopf
  • Marta Regina Kerntopf
  • Universidade Regional do Cariri - Rua Cel. Antônio Luis, 1161 - 63.100-000 - Pimenta - Crato/CE, Brazil.
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Roseli Barbosa
  • Roseli Barbosa
  • Universidade Regional do Cariri - Rua Cel. Antônio Luis, 1161 - 63.100-000 - Pimenta - Crato/CE, Brazil.
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Izabel Cristina Santiago Lemos
  • Izabel Cristina Santiago Lemos
  • Universidade Regional do Cariri - Rua Cel. Antônio Luis, 1161 - 63.100-000 - Pimenta - Crato/CE, Brazil.
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Dailon de Araújo Alves
  • Dailon de Araújo Alves
  • Universidade Regional do Cariri - Rua Cel. Antônio Luis, 1161 - 63.100-000 - Pimenta - Crato/CE, Brazil.
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Dayanne Rakelly de Oliveira
  • Dayanne Rakelly de Oliveira
  • Universidade Regional do Cariri - Rua Cel. Antônio Luis, 1161 - 63.100-000 - Pimenta - Crato/CE, Brazil.
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  •  Received: 14 February 2017
  •  Accepted: 08 March 2017
  •  Published: 25 March 2017

Abstract

The aim of the present study was to investigate the use and storage of medicinal plants in the Arruda quilombo community in the state of Ceará, Brazil. Semi-structured interviews were conducted for the determination of traditional knowledge. The qualitative-quantitative collective subject discourse method was used for the data analysis, focusing the discussion on six categories. The Chi-square test with a 5% level of significance was used to analyze the relationship between the age of the interviewee and the postharvest care of medicinal plants. The majority of the quilombo community (76.19%) cultivates the medicinal plants used. Among this total, 57.14% of the interviewees store the plants in plastic bags and do not establish an expiration date. On health risks, 97.62% of the community members reported medicinal plants are natural and therefore cause no harm. Thus, the population is unaware of the care required for storing medicinal plants or the administration of a safe dose. The statistical analysis revealed that the storage of medicinal plants and ingestion of home-remedy phytotherapeutic medications by pregnant women is not associated with age group.

Key words: Safe use, storage, toxicity, medicinal plants.