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Assessment of Medicinal Plants and Their Conservation Status in Case of Daligaw Kebela, Gozamen Werda, East Gojjam Zone
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Assessment of Medicinal Plants and Their Conservation Status in Case of Daligaw Kebela, Gozamen Werda, East Gojjam Zone

Demeke Asmamaw* and Haimanot Achamyeleh
Department of Natural Resource Management, Debre Markos University, Ethiopia
*Corresponding Author: Demeke Asmamaw, Department of Natural Resource Management, Debre Markos University, P.O. Box. 269, Ethiopia, Tel: +251913833958, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Jan 29, 2018 / Accepted Date: Mar 08, 2018 / Published Date: Mar 20, 2018


This study was conducted at Daligaw Kebela East Gojjam Zone to assess the medicinal plants and their conservational status. The data were collected through questionnaire, key informant interview, and observation. A total of 82 households were selected randomly from the total household. The key informants from the study area were selected purposively. The collected data were analyzed by using Microsoft excel and expressed by using descriptive statistical such as percentage, tables and bar graphs. In the study area a total of 38 medicinal plants were identified. About 55%, 2.63% and 42.11% were used for treatment of human aliments, Animals aliments and were used for both animal and human aliments respectively. Leaves (78%) followed by roots (40%) are the most frequently used plant parts for traditional medicine. However, the conservation status of some of those medicinal plants are nearly too endangered because of overexploitation, overgrazing, mainly due to over harvesting of their roots. Generally, the above-mentioned conservation challenges may be due to lack of awareness among local community and the concerned government and non-government bodies. So, appropriate intervention on awareness creation and parallel conservation works should be facilitated as far as the issue of medicinal plants sustainability is concern.

Keywords: Medicinal plant; Conservation; Treatment


Plants are great source of medicines especially in traditional medicine, which are useful in the treatment of various diseases [1]. Traditional medicine has not only played a vital role in proving healing but has also contributed to the discovery of most pharmaceutically active substances in plants [2] which have been used in the commercial production of drugs it has been estimated that, up to 90% of the population in developing countries rely on the use of medicinal plants to meet their primary healthcare needs [3].

According to Schippmann et al. [4] more than 50,000 plant species are used for medicinal purposes world wide of which almost 13% are flowering plants. containing active chemical constituents (alkaloid, glycoside, saponin, essential oil, bitter principle tannins and mucilages) in its parts for example root, stem, leaves, bark, fruit and seeds which produces definite curing physiological response in the treatment of various ailments in humans and other animals [5]. In different civilization the contribution of floral biodiversity to healthcare has been well documented [6]. Because of the accelerated local, national and international interest in recent years, the demand for medicinal and aromatic plants has increased manifolds and pharmaceutical industry view plants wealth as a source of income. Due to easy availability, no side effects and sometimes only source of health care, the demand for medicinal plants is increasing in both developing and developed countries.

Ethiopian traditional medicine is vastly complex and diverse and various greatly among different ethnic groups [7] under the rule of Menelik (1895-1913) western medicine become significantly more incorporated in to the Ethiopian medicinal system.

Ethiopia is the origin and center of diversity for many plant species. There are about 6500 species of plants in Ethiopia that makes the country is one of the most diverse floristic regions in the world [8]. Being the country has diverse climatic and demographic potential several of such indigenous and exotic species and essential oil bearing plants could grow in Ethiopia and provide remarkable benefits to the national economy. About 1000 identified medicinal plant species are reported in the Ethiopia flora; however, many others are not yet identified. About 300 of these species are frequently mentioned in many sources. In various written records of medicinal plants from central north and north eastern parts of Ethiopia are having small fractions of medicinal plants present in the country. But very recent study on the Bale Mountains Motional Park in there south east Ethiopia revealed that the area, as much as it is biodiversity hotspot [9]. Therefore, the study focuses to identify different medicinal plants in Dalgawi Kebele, Gozamen Woreda.

Materials and Methods

Study site

The study was conducted in Daligaw (04) Kebele Debre Markos distinct and east Gojjam zone located in Amhara Region of Ethiopia. It is far from 3km from Debre Markos town in south west direction. The study area was geographically located at 10017’ north latitude and 370 45’ East longitudes with an altitudinal range 2450m-2520m above sea level. The mean annual rain fall was ranges from 1300-138 mm and the mean annual temperature is 18.50c with mean annual maximum and minimum temperature of 22ocand 15oc respectively.


Data for the study was collected from both primary and secondary source of data. The primary data sources were used field visit, key informant interview and structured questionnaires. Where the secondary data was collected from books, journals, and different unpublished materials were used. In the study area from 461 total households 82 sampled households was selected by using simple random sampling strategy. The sample size was determined by using the formula of Yamane 1967 [10].


Where as

N=Total Household of the study area

n=the desired sample size

e=acceptance level of error (10%)

Therefore, the sample size will be determined from this equation


In the study area key informants was selected by using purposive sampling techniques. The key informants were included people who are long lived, have knowledge about medicinal plants, herbalists. The collected data was analyzed by using Microsoft excel tool and expressed in percentage, frequency and interpreted by using tables, graphs and figure.



The majority of respondents were in the age between (15-25) age group which about 34.1%, the age between (26-35) age group which about 23.2%, the age between (36-45) age group which about 18.3%, the age between (46-55) age group which about 9.8% while the age between (56-65) age group which about 6.1% and above 65 were 8.5%. Households accounted for 37% are illiteracy people. Most of the household heads are married (57.3%), single (37.8%) and divorced (4.9%). More over 92.7% of households are Christian and the rest are Muslim (7.3%).

Diversity of medicinal plants

During the study time 38 medicinal plants were identified which belongs to 33 families. Among the identified medicinal plant species, 21 species (55.26%) were used for treatment of human aliments, only 1 species (2.63%) was used for the treatments of Animals aliments and 16 species (42.11%) were used for the treatment of both humans and animals.

In the Table 1, 38 listed medicinal plants, about 20 of those plants are also discovered by other researcher at different places as a medicinal plant [11]. Some of those plants are Echinops Kebericho (Kebricho), Phytolacca dodecandra (Endod), Otostegia integrifolia (Tunjut), Hagenia abyssinica (Kosso), Allium sativum (Nechshinkurt), Croton macrostachyus (Bisana), Kalanchoe petitian (Endawula), Lepidium sativum (Feto), Cordia Africana (wanza), Rumex nervosus (Empacho) etc. The remaining 18 medicinal plants were practiced on the local community however not common in other study areas of the country.

S.No Botanical name and family Local name Aliments treated Parts used, method of preparation and routes of administration
1 Rumex nervosus Vahl.
Embacho Rheumatism Crushed fresh leaf and mixed with Water and then left for some time, finally washing the body parts
2 Plantago lanceolata
Gorteb Wound Crushed fresh leaf pasted on the wound typically
3 Otostegia integrifolia
Tinjut Stomachache Fresh leaf juice is given typically.
4 Brucea antidysentrica
Abalo Wound Crushed fresh leaf and applied on a wound mostly in child’s head typically
5 Kalanchoe petitian A. Rich., (Crassulaceae) Endawula Swelling Fresh root should be deep into swelling part of the body by simple Surgical operation typically or heated the swelling part by heated fresh leaf typically.
  6   Croton acrostachyus
Bisana Alrgic
Fresh leaf or shoot juice is applying on the inflammation body typically.
Wound Applied fresh leaf juice or shoot typically.
One cup of juice of fresh leaf is applying typically.
7 Calpurnia aurea (Fabaceae) Digta Liver Fresh leaf boiled with water and applied with vapor typically.
Stomach-ache 1/3 of cup fresh root juice is given orally.
Ectoparasite Fresh leaf juice is applied typically.
8 Stephania abyssinica(Menispermaceae) yeayithareg Swelling Heated by fresh leaf orally.
Almazbalchira Fresh leaf juice is applied typically.
9 Cordia africana
Wanza Ameba Swallowing the yellowish (or matured) Wanza fruit after removing its skin, then the parasite binds with the fruit and removed with faces.
10 Datura stramonium L.
Asteanagir Dandruff Fresh leaf juice is applied typically.
11 Phytolacca decandra(L. herit,Phytolaceae) Endod Rabies Fresh root or leaf juice is mixed with milk and given orally.
Swelling Fresh leaf juice is given typically
Liver Fresh root juice is given orally.
12 Premna schimperi
Chocho Injured eye Fresh leaf juice is applied typically.
Dandruff Applied with fresh leaf juice typically.
13 Justicia schimperiana (/Hochst. Ex Nees/ T. Andrs, Acanthaceae) Simiza Liver Fresh leaf is boiled in water and applied orally.
Rabies Fresh leaf or root juice is given orally.
Stomachache Fresh leaf juice is given orally.
Foot fungi Fresh leaf juice is applied
14 Crinum abysinicum
Rheumatism Fresh bud juice is mixed with lemon juice and Applied typically.
Earache Fresh root juice is applied typically.
15 Ficus species(moraceae) Shola For diseased cow Collecting the liquid obtained by crushing the shola tree and allow the cow to drink and produce more milk
16 Allium sativum
Nechshinkurt Astma Fresh bud crushed and mixed with honey and then given orally.
Rabies Chewing bud continuously until curd, typically.
Common cold Chewing bud or smelling typically.
Stomach- ache Chewing bud or smelling typically.
Malaria Dried bud powder or fresh grind bud mixed with Honey is given orally.
17 Clutia lanceolata Forssk. (Euphorbiaceae) Fiyelefeji Forefor Fresh leaf Juice is applied on the bold head typically
18 Rumex abysinicus Jacg.
Mekimeko Malaria Dried root powder boiled with butter and then given to orally.
Stomach –ache Fresh grind root or dried powder boiled with honey or sugar and then given orally.
19 Echinops kebericho
Kebricho Evil eye Dried root is applied to smoking orally.
Mitat Dried root is smoking orally
20 Silenem acrosolen(Caryophyllaceae) Wogert Snake away from Dried root smoking is applied typically
Evil eye Smoking dried root is applied orally.
21 Thymus schimperi
Tosgn Asthma Fresh or dried leaf is boiled in water and given to drink orally.
Blood Pressure Fresh or dried leaf is boiled with water and then given to drink typically.
22 Hagenia abyssinica (Bruce) J.F. Gmel
Kosso Tapeworm ½ cup of dried fruit powder is given orally
Bone fracture Pasted by the fresh leaf, typically.
23 Zehneria scabra
Aregresa Mitat Fresh leaf boiled in water and applied the vapor typically, or after boiled the liquid with sugar is applied orally.
24 Ruta chalepensis L.
Tenadam Evil eye Fresh leaf is given to smell in the addition of Nechshinkurt and chikugn typically.
25 Dodonaea angusifolia
Kitkita Stomach – ache Fresh leaf Juice is given to drink orally
Bone fracture Fresh leaf is applied to pasted the body part typically.
26 Rhamnus prinoides L.
Gesho Liver Fresh root is grinding and mixed with water and left for a few times and then given orally.
Stomach- ache Fresh leaf Juice is given to typically
27 Cucumis ficifolius A.Rich.(Cucurbitaceae) Yemidir
Stomach- ache Fresh root Juice with water (1/3 Cup) is given typically
Mekan women Fresh root Juice is given to orally.
28 Lepidium sativum
Feto Wart Dried root powder or grinding fresh root with fluid of Kulkual is applied typically.
29 Opuntia vulgaris (Cactaceae) Kulkual Mental Some part of epiphytes is pasted on the hand typically.
Wart Its fluid with dried root powder or fresh grinding root is applied typically.
Mitat Dried stem is smoking is typically.
30 Maringa stenopetala Shiferaw (Haleko) Diarrhea Direct eating of its fresh leave
Diabetes Drinking the tea prepared from its leave
For skin disease By mixing the grind fruit with water and apply on the damaged part.
For teeth Grind the fresh root and put on the affected teeth.
For common cold Boiling its flower in hot water for about 5 minutes and then drink as much as possible.
31 Feoniculum vulgare Miller.
Ensillal Cough Fresh leaf soaked mixed with milk is given orally.
Stomach-ache Fresh fruit grinding mixed with food and given orally.
32 Malva verticillata
Lut (Adguar) Stomach-ache Fresh root of one lut grind and mixed with One glass of beer and given typically.
33 Vernonia amygdaina Girawa Fegnawugat Fresh leaf juice is given typically.
34   Dama kassie Mitat Fresh leaf juice is given typically.
35   Enkoko Kosso/tap warm Fresh leaf boiled with water and applied orally.
36 Coffe arabica Buna/coffee Cough Fresh leaf boiled with water and mixed with sugar is orally
37 Eculyptus spp Nech bahirzaf Comen cold Fresh leaf boiled with water and mixed with sugarcane and orange is given orally
38 Zingiber officinale (zingiberacea) Zingible Stomach ache Fresh fruit is boiled in water or tea to given orally

Table 1: Some medicinal plants and their uses.

Plant parts used for the preparation of remedies

Of all the medicinal plants used in herbal practices, leafs were the most utilized plant parties (78.04%). They were followed by roots (40.24%), steam (13.41%), shoot (12.2%) and fruit (15.9%) (Figure 1).


Figure 1: Plant parts used for preparation of Remediesin percentage at Daligaw kebele.

The main reason of many traditional medicine practitioners used the leaf part for remedial preparation is due to its accessibility and to prevent the plant from extinction. According to Abiyu Enyew et al. [12] the leaf is easily renewable part of the plant and using plants for medicinal purpose may not affect the survivality of a plant and is not causes a serious challenge or stress factor for plants. Other researchers also proved that leaf is the major source of traditional medicine in many areas of Ethiopia [13].

Remedial preparation methods

The data indicated that most remedies preparation method is squeezing (50%) followed by grinding (18.29%) while chewing (9.76%), crushing (9.76%) and boiling (39.02%) were less frequently used methods (Figure 2).


Figure 2: Method of remedial preparation in percentage at Daligaw kebela.

Getaneh et al. [10] also found similar result at different study areas. The Authors showed that, squeezing is the most common remedies preparation method followed by crushing. However, unlike the present study, Ermiyas et al. [9] proves that, powdering and crushing methods are the most common remedies preparation than squeezing. So, all these all indicates that method of remedial preparation for the traditional medicinal plants are not common throughout the country.

Routes of remedies administration

The result indicated below on the bar graph showed that oral (65.85%) and dermal (48.78%) were frequently used administration methods while others (17.07%) were less frequently used administration methods (Figure 3).


Figure 3: Routes of remedies administration in percentage at daligaw kebele.

Similar to the present study, Getaneh et al. [10] was found that, oral is the most common remedies administration method. The authors also point out that, based on the nature of the disease and to improve the quality of ethno-medicine and acceptability by patients the remedies was mixed with water, tea, milk or honey and administered as a form of drink, the finding is partially similar with the present study. Among the above 38 medicinal plants, 6 species (15.78%) were herbs followed by 22 species (57.9%) shrubs and 11species (28.9%) trees.

Conservation status of traditional medicinal plants

According to the data collected, the availability and accessibility of most medicinal plants in the study area is easily. Of the total 38 medicinal plants only 25 (65.79%) were widely distributed and easily available but 13 (34.21%) plants from the total of 38 were difficultly distributed in the given area of study. Traditional practitioners were collecting 11 (28.95%) of medicinal plants from home gardens and 27(71.05%) of medicinal plants from the natural habitats.

In addition, some medicinal plants like Echinops Kebericho (Kebericho), Silenema crosolen (Wogert), Feoniculum vulgare (Ensilla), Ruta chalepensis (Tenadam), Rhamnus prinoides (Gesho), Allium sativum (Nech shinkurt), zingiber officinale (Zingible) and Otostegia integrifolia (Tinjut) were also collected from the local market.


For the medicinal plant investigation 38 plant species were identified that belongs to general human and domestic animal families [14]. The wild areas were the most sources of the medicinal plants than home gardens. This study disclosed the existence of about 38 medicinal plants in the area. The study also discovered that the conservation status of some of those medicinal plants such as Kebericho, Wogert, Yejib-Shinkurt etc. Were nearly too extinct because of over exploitation, overgrazing and urbanization. In addition, the study disclosed that some of these plants such as Lut, Endod, Gorteb, Aregresa, nechebahir zaf, damakassie were widely distributed in the area of study. In the study area, common preparation methods of remedies were extracting juice by squeezing followed by grinding [15]. On the other hand, remedies were administered mostly through oral followed by dermal application, based on the nature of diseases.


Citation: Asmamaw D, Achamyeleh H (2018) Assessment of Medicinal Plants and Their Conservation Status in Case of Daligaw Kebela, Gozamen Werda, East Gojjam Zone. J Biodivers Biopros Dev 5: 170. DOI: 10.4172/2376-0214.1000170

Copyright: © 2018 Asmamaw D, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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