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MEDICINAL PLANTS USED IN TRADITIONAL HERBAL MEDICINE IN THE FIFA VILLAGE/SOUTHERN JORDAN

by Abdullah Aloshoush Figure (1) Fifa village map Click to Expand Abstract This study was conducted to identify the uses of plant species in traditional medicine in the Fifa village and to collect this information and save it from loss. Some of this information is not scientifi cally documented but is personally tested by some local communities. The questionnaire was taken with key informants like traditional healers between the aged of 25 to 60 years ...
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ogiek hunter

A STORY OF MEDICINAL PLANTS FROM THE OGIEK OF KENYA

By Fidensio Kinyamu Ndegwa An Ogiek hunter in the traditional attire of a tree hyrax skin In the Rift valley of Kenya, near Nakuru town is Mau forest. Mau forest is an important water tower, a source of numerous important rivers, including the Southern Ewaso Ng’iro, Sondu, Mara, and and Njoro. The Mara River is particularly important because the story of the wildebeest migration in Maasai Mara National Park is known the world over. The ...
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licorice

THE LONG ROAD TO SUSTAINABLE LICORICE

by Josef A. Brinckmann Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) Licorice, the roots, rhizomes, and stolons of Glycyrrhiza glabra, G. uralensis, and more rarely G. inflata,1 is among the most widely used medicinal plants globally, in terms of annual quantities harvested and exported but also in terms of the number of formulations that contain it, especially in the traditional Chinese,2 Japanese Kampo,3 Indian Ayurvedic, and Unani systems of medicine,4 but also in traditional European herbal medicinal formulations.5 Similarly, ...
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aspilia africana

GENETIC RESOURCES CONSERVED BY NATIONAL CENTER FOR GENETIC RESOURCES AND BIOTECHNOLOGY (NACGRAB) NIGERIA AND THE MEDICINAL AND VETERINARY USES OF THESE GENETIC RESOURCES

by Timothy Oluwafemi Ajiboye A close up of Aspilia africana. Photo credit: Peter B. Phillipson. The National Center for Genetic Resources and Biotechnology (NACGRAB) is the focal point for genetic resources conservation, and the head of the National Centre is the secretary and the registrar of the national committee on variety registration and release. Nigeria has a wide diversity of habitat, from arid areas to swamps through many types of forests. There are widely varied ...
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zhumeria majdae

ZHUMERIA MAJDAE, AN ENDEMIC ENDANGERED AROMATIC PLANT FROM SOUTH IRAN

by Ziba Jamzad Zhumeria majdae Zhumeria majdae is a small aromatic shrub with grey foliage from the mint family. It is an endemic plant distributed in a small area in a subtropical climate in the mountainous area in south Iran. Botanically, it was collected for the fi rst time in 1966 and subsequently described in 1967 as a new genus by Rechinger and Per Wendelbo and named in honor of its collector, Majda Zhumer (Rechinger ...
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desert cotton or snow bush

MEDICINAL AROMATIC PLANTS OF THE ARID REGION: CALL FOR INTENSIVE CARE

by Suzan Shahin Desert Cotton or Snow Bush (Aerva javanica) In the desert regions, where natural conditions are severe and resources are so limited, each water drop is precious and should be used in the best possible way. Global phenomena such as climate change and global warming are additional stressful conditions, adding to the sharply growing global population leading to more complications and to further challenging consequences. Sustainability is a definition merged in every single ...
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This is a very timely project that supports some of the main aims of the recently founded Global Frankincense Alliance that Neal’s Yard Remedies has signed up to and which supports the protection and conservation of Boswellia and Commiphora species through promoting propagation, sustainable harvesting, and use of the trees and their products.

A FRANKINCENSE TREE CONSERVATION PROJECT IN OMAN: COLLABORATION BETWEEN AN INTERNATIONAL COMPANY AND A NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANISATION

by Susan Curtis Background Frankincense (Boswellia sacra) trees survive the extremes of the Omani climate. Frankincense plays an integral part in the Omani heritage and culture and has been a main source of income for Dhofari communities for centuries. The primary range of the Boswellia sacra tree, a species considered to produce a fine quality resin, is in Oman. The Qarā’ Mountains in Dhofar, the southern province of the sultanate of Oman, experience rain and ...
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