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The present study aimed to know about the use of medicinal plants in the wounds treatment and its forms of use. This is a descriptive study with qualitative approach which was developed in a clinical nursing specialized in wound care and in a University Hospital in Maceió – Alagoas city, northeastern Brazil. Thirty patients bearers of wounds were interviewed, where 70% made use of medicinal plants to treat their injuries. The most cited species were Stryphnodendron adstringens (“barbatimão”), Hyptis pectinata (“sambacaitá”) and Schinus terebinthifolia Raddi (“aroeira”). The two etiologies most frequently cited by the participants patients were varicose ulcers and diabetic foot. The main form of preparation and administration was by bathing of the wound with tea made with dry plant leaf. Patients mainly followed their empirical knowledge, healers and elderly family members as a source of indication for use. Studies in this segment concerning use of medicinal plants by individuals with wounds can be useful in directing the choice of new plant species for experimental research on wound healing, in addition to contribute to the development of health systems more geared to the needs society.
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Author(s): Regina Clia Sales Santos Verssimo Thas Honrio Lins Bernardo Maria GabriellaSilva Araujo Maryanne Machado Atade Max Denisson Maurcio Viana ValterAlvino Rassa Fernanda Evangelista Pires dos Santos Magna Suzana AlexandreMoreira Maria Lysete de Assis Bastos and Joo Xavier de ArajoJnior
medicinal plants, wound healing, community health