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

Ethnoknowledge of plants used in veterinary practices in Dabo Hana District, West Ethiopia

1Firaol Tamiru, 1Waktole Terfa, 2Ejigu Kebede, 3Gizaw Dabessa, 1Rajeeb Kumar Roy and 1Mekonnen Sorsa
1Ambo University, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Science, Department of Veterinary Laboratory Technology, Ambo, Ethiopa. 2Addis Ababa University, College of Health Sciences, Department of Internal Medicine, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 3Ambo University, College of Medicine and Health Science, Department of Pharmacy, Ambo, Ethiopia.
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  •  Accepted: 09 October 2013
  •  Published: 25 October 2013


A study was conducted from April to September 2012 in Dabo Hana district of Ilubabor Zone, West Ethiopia to document ethnoknowledge of plants used in veterinary practices and to assess factors affecting its utilization. Traditional healers were selected purposively and interviewed. Medicinal plants were shown by healers for identification. Forty-eight medicinal plant species classified into 35 families were documented and claimed to treat 22 animal health constraints. Leaves were the most frequently utilized plant part (31.58%). Oral route (57.89%) was found as the most common route of administration. Determination of the dose was done by using cup, glass, plant parts and their own hand as handful. Difficulty of preparation, seasonal availability of medicinal plants, coverage and availability of modern drugs, coverage of modern education, climatic change and deforestation (p<0.05) were statistically significant factors affecting utilization of ethnoveterinary medicine. There was positive correlation (r=0.466) between number of the medicinal plants the informants know and their age. In conclusion, there are large numbers of medicinal with undocumented cumulative knowledge of the indigenous people. Therefore, documentation of the indigenous knowledge before it is lost forever and proving these valuable practices by further researches and scientific dissemination of the knowledge were recommended.

Key words: Dabo Hana, ethnoveterinary medicine, medicinal plants.