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Zootherapeutic practices in Aquismón, San Luis Potosí, México.

Abstract

ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL IMPORTANCE: Animal derived products have been a source of medicinal compounds since ancient times. This work documents the use of animal species in traditional medicine in the municipality of Aquismón, San Luis Potosí, México.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
Direct interviews were performed with inhabitants from Aquismón. The interviews were analyzed with two quantitative tools: (a) the informant consensus (ICF) that estimates the level of agreement about which animals may be used for each category and (b) the relative importance (RI) that determines the extent of potential utilization of each species.
RESULTS
A total of 24 animal species used for medicinal purposes, belonging to 22 families and 4 taxonomic categories, were reported by interviewees. Nine medicinal species had not been reported in scientific literature. The results of the IFC showed that diseases of the respiratory systems had the greatest agreement. The most versatile species according to their RI are Crotalus atrox and Mephitis macroura.
CONCLUSION
Further studies with medicinal fauna from Aquismón are required for the experimental validation of their traditional uses, especially with Mephitis macroura and Crotalus atrox.

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  • Authors

    Alonso-Castro AJ, Carranza-Álvarez C, Maldonado-Miranda JJ, Del Rosario Jacobo-Salcedo M, Quezada-Rivera DA, Lorenzo-Márquez H, Figueroa-Zúñiga LA, Fernández-Galicia C, Ríos-Reyes NA, de León-Rubio MÁ, Rodríguez-Gallegos V, Medellín-Milán P

    Institution

    Facultad de Química, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, D.F., Mexico.

    Source

    Journal of ethnopharmacology 138:1 2011 Oct 31 pg 233-7

    MeSH

    Adolescent
    Adult
    Aged
    Aged, 80 and over
    Animals
    Biological Agents
    Crotalus
    Ethnopharmacology
    Female
    Humans
    Male
    Medicine, Traditional
    Mephitidae
    Mexico
    Middle Aged
    Respiratory Tract Diseases
    Young Adult

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    21963568