Journal of
Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy

  • Abbreviation: J. Pharmacognosy Phytother.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2502
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPP
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 223

Full Length Research Paper

Traditional treatment of high blood pressure and diabetes in Souk Ahras District

Bouzabata Amel
Faculty of Medicine, University of Badji-Mokhtar, Annaba, 23000, Algeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 18 December 2012
  •  Published: 31 January 2013


This study reports an ethnobotanical survey of the medicinal plants used for the treatment of diabetes and hypertension in six divisions of Souk Ahras District in Algeria. A total of 200 informants, including some healers, were interviewed throughout different divisions of the district. These ethnobotanical investigations allowed the development of an inventory of 59 medicinal plants belonging to 35 families; 28 of the plants are used for diabetes, 15 for hypertension, and 16 for both diseases. In this region, the most frequently used plants to treat diabetes include Olea europeaAjuga ivaAllium cepaA. sativumMyrtus communis andTrigonella foenum graecum. The plants used to treat high blood pressure include A. cepaA. sativumArtemisia herba-alba, Nigella sativaOleaeuropea, andRosmarinus officinalis. Ethnomedical documentation and sustainable plant uses can support drug discovery efforts in developing countries.


Key words: Diabetes, hypertension, ethnobotanical, traditional medicines.