An Ethnobotanical Study Of Medicinal Plants In Savastepe (Balikesir-Turkey)

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Nath E. O., KÜLTÜR Ş.

CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL HEALTH SCIENCES, no.4, pp.954-980, 2022 (ESCI) identifier


Objective: This research planned to record traditional uses and preparations of herbal medicines in Savastepe, Balikesir. The study was conducted between the years 2012-2016. The Savastepe district is located on the borders of Balikesir province. Methods: 44 villages connected to Savastepe were visited during the research. With the help of the local people, the collected plants were diagnosed and converted into herbarium specimens. All herbarium samples are stored in the Herbarium of Istanbul University Faculty of Pharmacy (ISTE). Information about the use of plants were collected by the help of interviews with 205 people (107 men, 98 women). Results: As a result of this study, there were 163 medicinal plant taxa belonging to 53 families. Mostly used medicinal plant species families are Lamiaceae (22 taxa), Asteraceae (20 taxa), Rosaceae (16 taxa), Fabaceae (6 taxa), Brassicaceae (7 taxa), Apiaceae (4 taxa), Poaceae (4 taxa), Scrophulariaceae (4 taxa) respectively. According to the informations, the most common diseases were categozied into 12 group and their FIC values are calculated. The highest FIC value (0.852) for hemorrhoids. Having high use value represents that this taxa is commonly used in Savastepe. The highest use value is 0.93 for Urtica dioica Conclusion: This study documented the medicinal plants used by local people of Savastepe and also the uses, preparations and vernacular names of medicinal plant species. This study will help to concerve valuable informations of the medicinal plants of Savastepe.