Zootherapeutic practices in Aquismón, San Luis Potosí, México.
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.
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.
Further studies with medicinal fauna from Aquismón are required for the experimental validation of their traditional uses, especially with Mephitis macroura and Crotalus atrox.
Facultad de Química, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, D.F., Mexico.
SourceJournal of ethnopharmacology 138:1 2011 Oct 31 pg 233-7
Aged, 80 and over
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Pub Type(s)Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't