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International Journal of Medicine Sciences

Vol. 2, Issue 2, Part A (2020)

Plants used for the treatment of snakebite among Hausa-Fulani Tribes in Tsiga District, Bakori Local Government Area Katsina State Nigeria

Author(s):

Musa DD, Aliero AA, Bashir KA

Abstract:
Traditional snakebite Healers farmers and Fulani cattle rearers in some villages in Tsiga District, Bakori local government Area Katsina State, were interviewed through the use of structured questionnaires for the various ways they manage snakebite in their livestock and among the people of their community they provided information on plants and parts used, mode of preparation and administration, habit, source and availability of medicinal plants. Field excursions were conducted along forest trails taking traditional healers as guides and voucher specimens of cited medicinal plants were collected. Result obtained showed that at least 83% of the respondents rely on the use of plants in managing snakebite on people or their livestock. Plants belonging to 12 different families were encountered. The common venomous snakes found in the study area include Black necked spiting Cobra (Naja nigricollis), puff adder (Bitis arietans), and saw scaled viper (Echis carinatus) polyvalent anti-snake venom is the only known therapeutic agent available throughout the world major drawback of serum therapy is its prohibitive cost and chance that victims may avail untimely medical care because of remote locations when bitten. The present article presents plants used for the treatment of snakebite randomness or the use of a variety of species in different families appear to be a feature of traditional snakebite treatments. Plants encountered can provide an alternative to the use of conventional antivenom.

Pages: 26-29  |  1153 Views  480 Downloads

How to cite this article:
Musa DD, Aliero AA, Bashir KA. Plants used for the treatment of snakebite among Hausa-Fulani Tribes in Tsiga District, Bakori Local Government Area Katsina State Nigeria. Int. J. Med. Sci. 2020;2(2):26-29. DOI: 10.33545/26648881.2020.v2.i2a.23