Ethnobotany and ecology of plants used for three healers against snakebite in the region of Acayucan , Veracruz, Mexico

  • Mario Ramos-Hernández Facultad de Ingeniería en Sistemas de Producción Agropecuaria, Universidad Veracruzana
  • Carlos H. Ávila-Bello Facultad de Ingeniería en Sistemas de Producción Agropecuaria, Universidad Veracruzana
  • Jorge E. Morales-Mávil Instituto de Neuroetología, Universidad Veracruzana
Keywords: antiviperin, traditional knowledge, vegetation structure, Veracruz

Abstract

We studied the ethnobotanical knowledge and analyzed some ecological aspects of plants used in treatments against snakebite by three traditional healers in the Acayucan region,Veracruz, Mexico. The objectives were to identify those plants used in the preparation of the antidote and to describe the overall vegetation structure of two sites where the healers collect these plants. The three healers were interviewed, the relative frequencies of species used were calculated, and the form of use were recorded. Vegetation structure in areas of plant collection was studied by means of 400 m2-sites, divided into 25 25 m plots. We recorded 16 species that are prepared in three different ways, namely cooking, pulverization and alcoholic extract; all of them are administered orally. The sites where plants are collected are very isolated and fragmented, as they are surrounded by areas used for agriculture and cattle ranching.

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Ethnobotany and ecology of plants used for three healers against snakebite in the region of Acayucan , Veracruz, Mexico
Published
2007-12-15
How to Cite
Ramos-Hernández, M., Ávila-Bello, C. H., & Morales-Mávil, J. E. (2007). Ethnobotany and ecology of plants used for three healers against snakebite in the region of Acayucan , Veracruz, Mexico. Botanical Sciences, (81), 89 - 100. https://doi.org/10.17129/botsci.1768
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