Disease-Consensus Index as a tool of selecting potential hypoglycemic plants in Chikindzonot, Yucatan, Mexico

Published on Sep 19, 2006in Journal of Ethnopharmacology3.69
· DOI :10.1016/J.JEP.2006.03.005
Adolfo Andrade-Cetto17
Estimated H-index: 17
(UNAM: National Autonomous University of Mexico),
Jaime Becerra-Jiménez3
Estimated H-index: 3
(UNAM: National Autonomous University of Mexico)
+ 2 AuthorsMichael Heinrich131
Estimated H-index: 131
(Lond: University of London)
There is a general lack of adequate methods to quantitatively assess the importance of specific medicinal plants in a culture. In Mexico like in many other countries type 2 diabetes is an increasing health problem and the use of medicinal plants to treat this disease is widespread. In the present study we propose a mathematical tool for analysing ethnopharmacological field data, with the ultimate aim to select species with most prominent impact on a community to treat a single disease. Using this tool in a Yucatec Mayan community we demonstrate that Malmea depressa (Baill.) R.E. Fr. and Cecropia peltata L. are culturally most salient hypoglycemic plants in this community.
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