Folk Phytotherapy in Paediatric Health Care in Central and Southern Italy: a Review

Folk Phytotherapy in Paediatric Health Care in Central and Southern Italy: a Review Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) consists of systems and practices used to prevent or treat illness, and/or promote health and wellbeing, generally with herbal remedies. In recent decades, ethnobotanical and ethnopharmacological surveys have received increased attention among populations in central and southern Italy traditionally highly conservative regarding knowl- edge of folk medicine. This review highlights the use of wild and cultivated plants in paediatric health care. From a search of articles published between 1978 and 2017 we found a total of 34 containing reports of medicinal plants specifically used for treating children’s diseases, listing 83 taxa belonging to 37 families in 116 recorded cases of medicinal plant use. Tuscany has the highest number of plant use reports and the highest number of species used in a single region, followed by Campania and Sicily. Allium sativum is the most widely reported species, cited in eight regions. We identified eight ailment categories. Plants used as anthelmintics and for gastro-intestinal and skin diseases are widely used. . . . . . Keywords Complementary and alternative medicine Ethnobotany Phytotherapy Ethnopharmacology Children Paediatric health care Central and southern Italy Introduction local CAM practitioners or relatives of the patient who are knowledgeable about medicinal plants. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Human Ecology Springer Journals

Folk Phytotherapy in Paediatric Health Care in Central and Southern Italy: a Review

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature
Subject
Social Sciences; Anthropology; Environmental Management; Geography, general; Sociology, general
ISSN
0300-7839
eISSN
1572-9915
D.O.I.
10.1007/s10745-018-0005-z
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Abstract

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) consists of systems and practices used to prevent or treat illness, and/or promote health and wellbeing, generally with herbal remedies. In recent decades, ethnobotanical and ethnopharmacological surveys have received increased attention among populations in central and southern Italy traditionally highly conservative regarding knowl- edge of folk medicine. This review highlights the use of wild and cultivated plants in paediatric health care. From a search of articles published between 1978 and 2017 we found a total of 34 containing reports of medicinal plants specifically used for treating children’s diseases, listing 83 taxa belonging to 37 families in 116 recorded cases of medicinal plant use. Tuscany has the highest number of plant use reports and the highest number of species used in a single region, followed by Campania and Sicily. Allium sativum is the most widely reported species, cited in eight regions. We identified eight ailment categories. Plants used as anthelmintics and for gastro-intestinal and skin diseases are widely used. . . . . . Keywords Complementary and alternative medicine Ethnobotany Phytotherapy Ethnopharmacology Children Paediatric health care Central and southern Italy Introduction local CAM practitioners or relatives of the patient who are knowledgeable about medicinal plants.

Journal

Human EcologySpringer Journals

Published: Jun 1, 2018

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