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Tshisikhawe , Milingoni Peter [1], Baloyi, Olivia [2], Masevhe, Ndivhaleni Anox [1].

Ethnobotanical survey of medicinal plants used by traditional healers with Securidaca longepedunculata Fresen. in the treatment of HIV/AIDS and related sicknesses.

In South Africa, about 5.7 million people are infected with HIV/AIDS. The use of herbal medicine has been recognized as a critical part in primary health care and as a system to reaching the goal of dealing with target on health. In this study we aim to document all the medicinal plants used by traditional healers to treat HIV/AIDS and related opportunistic infections such as cough and fever, and to document the existing knowledge and practices related to HIV/AIDS conditions and treatment in the Vhembe district of Limpopo province in South Africa
The information was gathered by a means of structured questionnaires. Thirty one plants were found to be used with Securidaca longepedunculata in the treatment of HIV/AIDS and related sicknesses. Trees made up the largest percentage of those medicinal plants while the roots were the most sought after parts in medicinal preparation.

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1 - University of Venda, Botany, Private Bag X5050, Thohoyandou, Thohoyandou, Limpopo Province, Za, RSA
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Herbal medicine
Securidaca longepedunculata
Herbal medicine
South Africa.

Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Sections
Session: P
Location: Khorassan Ballroom/Chase Park Plaza
Date: Monday, July 11th, 2011
Time: 5:45 PM
Number: PEN005
Abstract ID:283


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