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J Intercult Ethnopharmacol. 2017 6(3):311-315 doi: 10.5455/jice.20170811073514.

An ethnobotanical survey of galactogenic plants of the Berhoum District (M'sila, Algeria).

Sarri Madani; Boudjelal Amel; Hendel Noui; Sarri Djamel; Hamdaoui Hadjer

Department of Nature Sciences and Life, Faculty of Sciences, M\'sila University, 28000 M\'sila, Algeria.; Department of Microbiological and Biochemistry, Faculty of Sciences, M\'sila University, 28000 M\'sila, Algeria.; Department of Microbiological and Biochemistry, Faculty of Sciences, M\'sila University, 28000 M\'sila, Algeria.; Department of Nature Sciences and Life, Faculty of Sciences, M\'sila University, 28000 M\'sila, Algeria.; Department of Nature Sciences and Life, Faculty of Sciences, M\'sila University, 28000 M\'sila, Algeria.

ABSTRACT
This work aimed an ethnobatanical study on the galactogenic plants used in the Berhoum region (East of M'sila, Algeria) as a part of different studies on the medicinal plants related to M'sila region.The fieldwork was undertaken as an ethnobotanical survey involving 76 informants (mean age: 50; 64% women, 36% men). Used the medicinal plants were identified, and the results were analyzed according to literature investigation dealing with ethnobotany. Use value (UV), fidelity level, and informant consensus factor (ICF) were used to analyze the obtained data.A total of 29 plant species belonging to 29 genera and 12 families (mainly, and ) have been registered. Fruits and seeds were the most commonly used plant parts (80%). The used plants are mainly prepared as an infusion and decoction (69%). L. (UV = 0.58) were the species most commonly used by local healers. The FIC factors ranging from 0.45 to 0.89 for the six uses categories retained for this study. The ICF (0.65) was registered for the use galactogenic category with 29 species.This work showed that the population of the Berhoum District uses various medicinal plants for galactogenic purposes. Furthermore, ethnobotanical analysis will provide data on sustainable use and valorization of this plant heritage for ethnopharmacological and phytochemical studies.

KEYWORDS: Algeria; Berhoum District; ethnobotany; galactogenic plants; traditional medicine

Article Type: Journal Article

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