Dietary Patterns for the Reduction of Obesity Using Medicinal Plants in Northern Pakistan
Received Date: Jan 18, 2018 / Accepted Date: Jan 24, 2018 / Published Date: Jan 27, 2018
Objective: Different types of studies have indicated an increased risk of obesity and other related diseases in Pakistan. This study examines the rich availability of anti-obesity plants among the local communities. This is the first ethnobotanical study to document folk remedies for the treatment of obesity and overweight disorders in Northern Pakistan.
Methods: Field trips and interviews were carried out for documentation of ethnomedicinal data from local communities of the study area. Information on age, gender, education, anti-obesity medicinal plants, their common name, other diseases and psychosomatic behavior related to obesity was collected. The data was quantitatively analyzed using descriptive statistics and Family Importance Value (FIV) and Relative Frequency of Citation (RFC).
Results: A total of 77 medicinal plants from 38 families were reported against obesity and overweight. Fruits were commonly used plant part and extract was the common mode for herbal preparations while oral intake was the common route of administration. The significant species based on the values of RFC was Trachyspermum ammi (0.291) while the significant family regarding FIV was Fabaceae (5.20).
Conclusion: The current knowledge is novel and could be further exploited by carrying phytochemical investigations which may lead to the isolation and characterization of novel agents for the obesity treatment which could improve healthcare systems.
Keywords: Anti-obesity; Medicinal plant; Obesity disorders; Northern Pakistan
Citation: Rehman MN, Ahmad M (2018) Dietary Patterns for the Reduction of Obesity Using Medicinal Plants in Northern Pakistan. J Obes Weight Loss Ther 8: 364. Doi: 10.4172/2165-7904.1000364
Copyright: © 2018 Rehman MN, 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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