An ethnobotanical survey on hormozgan province, Iran

Document Type: Original Research Article

Authors

1 Bandar Abbas School of Medicine, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, I. R. Iran

2 Hormozgan Agricultural and Natural Resource Research Center, Bandar Abbas, I. R. Iran

3 School of Pharmacy, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, I. R. Iran

4 District One Education Department, Isfahan Education Administration, Isfahan, I. R. Iran

5 Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, I. R. Iran

Abstract

Objective: The present study is based on an ethnobotanical research project conducted in Hormozgan province that is located in south of Iran, bordering waters of the Persian Gulf and Oman Sea. This survey was carried out in order to recover the ethnobotanical and ethnomedicinal knowledge of the residents of this province. They are using medicinal and functional plants for treating or preventing several diseases.
Materials and Methods: Ethnobotanical data sheets were run with the native inhabitants and people of the province by arranging frequent field trips to different parts of the province and direct interviews with them especially those who were more familiar with the plants and their usage.
Results: A total of 150 plant species belonging to 53 families were recorded for their ethnobotanical and ethnomedicinal uses among the people of province. The records were developed byscientific names, family names, local names, medicinal parts used, different ways of their application, and traditional uses of the plants. There was high compliance in the use of plants in painful disorders, gastrointestinal, and dermatological diseases.
Conclusion: This study revealed that the people of Hormozgan province have a rich knowledge of natural resources. The use and consumption of medicinal plants are still important parts of their life.Rational use of native medicinal plants may benefit and improve their living standards and quality of life. The results of this study can be used as a basis for selecting herbs for further pharmacological, phytochemical, and pharmacognostical studies.

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