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Research Article

Herbal Medicine and Treatment of Diabetes in Africa: Case Study in Cameroon

Tsabang N1,3*, Nanga Ngah2, Fokunang Tembe Estella2 and Agbor GA1

1Institute of Medical Researches and Medicinal Plants Studies (IMPM), Yaoundé, Cameroon

2University of Yaounde, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Yaounde, Cameroon

3High Institute of Environmental Sciences, Yaounde, Cameroon

*Corresponding Author:
Tsabang N,
Discipline of Pharmacology, School of Pharmacy
University of the Western Cape
Bellville 7535, South Africa
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Received date: August 08, 2016; Accepted date: August 24, 2016; Published date: August 26, 2016

Citation: Tsabang N, Ngah N, Estella FT, Agbor GA (2016) Herbal Medicine and Treatment of Diabetes in Africa: Case Study in Cameroon. Diabetes Case Rep 1:112.

Copyright: © 2016 Tsabang N, 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.



African population lives in widespread ecosystems which are generally interconnected with many countries. Therefore, in the eyes of the situation of Cameroon from the Gulf of Guinea to the Sahel, medicinal plants used in this country, are frequently found in other African countries. The migrations of population and Fulani’ moving’s in African savannahs or in African altitude forests have encouraged the oral transmission of medical practices. The objective of this study was to determine the diabetic patients who use herbal medicine and collect and identify the types of plants used and the type of diabetic patients using familial herbal treatment. An ethnopharmacological and ethnomedical data form was prepared and addressed to diabetic patients, previously diagnosed in the hospitals between January 1988 and April 4, 2016. A total of 116 diabetic patients responded. These patients were constituted by 70 type 2 diabetic patients, 36 type 1 diabetic patients and 10 diabetics with hypertension patients. Twenty-one plants were recorded in 58 socio-cultural groups, living in several phytogeographic units. Twelve recipes, nine recipes and three recipes were respectively recorded in coastal dense humid rain forests, in continental dense humid rain forests and in soudano- Guinean-Zambesian savannahs. From this sample of plants, the chemical and pharmacological investigation may reveal interesting properties important for drugs discover.


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