Author(s): Yineger H, Kelbessa E, Bekele T, Lulekal E
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Abstract An ethnobotanical study on veterinary medicinal plants of Bale Mountains National Park and adjacent areas was conducted from July 2003 to June 2004. Semi-structured interviews and observations were used to generate ethnoveterinary data from traditional healers residing in the park and buffer zones. A total of 25 animal ailments were reported, of which blackleg, Darissaa and hepatitis were the most frequently reported ailments. Seventy four veterinary medicinal plant species that were distributed among 64 genera and 37 families were recorded. The most utilized growth forms were herbs (35 species, 47.3\%) followed by shrubs (28 species, 37.84\%). Roots (54 species, 41.54\%) followed by leaves (47 species, 36.15\%) were the most frequently used plant parts for ethnoveterinary medicine. Usually, fresh materials (53 species, 43.44\%) were preferred for medicine preparations. The most frequently used route of drug administration was oral (65 species, 42.76\%) followed by dermal (55 species, 36.18\%). Indigenous knowledge was mostly transferred to an elect of a family member in word of mouth indicating that it was prone to fragmentation or loss.
This article was published in J Ethnopharmacol
and referenced in Medicinal & Aromatic Plants