Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3835

Full Length Research Paper

Medicinal plants used in the treatment of livestock diseases in Berbere district of Bale zone, Oromia region, Ethiopia

Tilahun Tolossa Jima
  • Tilahun Tolossa Jima
  • Department of Biology, college of natural Science, Ambo University, P. O. Box 19, Ambo, Ethiopia.
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  •  Received: 04 May 2018
  •  Accepted: 19 June 2018
  •  Published: 25 July 2018


An ethnoveterinary study of medicinal plants used by local people of Berbere district was carried out from June 25 to September 5, 2015. The study was focused on utilization of medicinal plants to treat various livestock health problems by people of the study area. The data were gathered using semi-structured interview, participant observation and personal interviews. A total of 69 informants (55 male and 14 female) in the age between 30 and 89 years were purposively selected from eight kebeles. Twenty four medicinal plants, which are distributed in 18 genera and 17 families have been collected and identified. These medicinal plants were collected from natural habitat [23 (94.6%)], whereas 1 (5.6%) from home gardens. The most frequently harvested medicinal plants parts was shrub accounting for 11 species (45.8%) for livestock. Leaves [13 (52%)] were frequently used plant parts for preparation of livestock remedies. Agricultural expansion was the major threat to medicinal plants. Creating awareness of young generation on the usage of traditional medicine and conservation is recommended.

Key words: Medicinal plants, traditional utilization, Berbere district, South East Ethiopia.