Poorly Investigated Ecuadorian Medicinal Plants

Vidari, Giovanni (2022) Poorly Investigated Ecuadorian Medicinal Plants. Plants.

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Ecuador has, in proportion of its size, one of the richest floras of Latin America and the world; the country also has an immense cultural heritage due to the presence of different ethnic groups that have implemented the use of many wild and cultivated plants, mainly as medicinal remedies. In a recent publication, we have summarized the results of research activities recently carried out on about 120 plants native to Ecuador, which includes the structures of non-volatile isolated compounds, as well as the chemical composition of essential oils (EOs) and the in vitro tested biological activity data. For the sake of completeness, we have collected in this paper the main information obtained from recent ethnobotanical investigations on other important Ecuadorian medicinal plants for which phytochemical, pharmacological, and toxicological studies are, however, still largely lacking. Thus, one of the objectives of this paper is to preserve the traditional knowledge of Ecuadorian Indigenous communities which, being transmitted orally, is in danger of becoming lost. Moreover, it is our intention to stimulate more extensive studies on the rich medicinal flora of the country, which can provide economic and social benefits, especially to the people who traditionally cultivate or collect the plants.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: medicinal plants; Ecuador; traditional uses; ethnomedicine; ethnobotany
Subjects: Q Science > QK Botany
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Depositing User: ePrints deposit
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2022 08:12
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2022 08:12
URI: http://eprints.tiu.edu.iq/id/eprint/1022

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