Socio-Economic Potentials of Plants Used for Blood-Cleansing in Selected Local Government Areas of Oyo and Ogun States, Southwestern Nigeria
Ogungbenro, Rebecca O., Oluwalana, Samuel A., Adedokun, Margaret O., Soaga, Jubril A.
Corresponding Author : Ogungbenro, Rebecca O.
Department of Forestry and Wildlife Management, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria.
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Received : 2018-03-02 Accepted : 2018-04-04 Published : 2018-04-04
Abstract : The role of forests as custodians of plants for alternative medicine cannot be overemphasized and cleansing blood is one of the most important activities in the alternative medicine for achieving optimum wellness. This study examined the socio-economic potentials of blood cleansing plants in selected Local Government Areas of Oyo and Ogun States, Southwestern, Nigeria. A Multistage sampling technique of four stage design was adopted. Data were obtained through questionnaire administered to 150 respondents - herbalists, herb sellers and individuals who had knowledge of plants for medicinal purposes. Data were collected on respondents’ socio-economic characteristics, plants used for blood cleansing and economic costs and returns of blood-cleansing herbs preparation. Collected data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and budgetary analysis. The results revealed mean age of respondents in both States as 56 years with well pronounced gender dichotomy of male (70%) and female (30%). Majority had no formal education (69.3%). The study further revealed that 78% of the respondents came into tradomedical activities through family heritage, 18.7% through training while 3.3% combined the two methods. A total of 123 plants species belonging to 57 families were recorded with Fabaceae having the highest number of species. Bark and root with 28.9% each were the plant parts frequently used for blood-cleansing purposes, followed by leaves with 27.2%, twig was the least part used with 1.7%. The benefit-cost ratio of the enterprise was 4:21 while the rate of return on investment was 1.17 indicating a profit of 17kobo on every ₦1 invested.
Keywords : Forests, Alternative medicine, Blood, Bark and Root, Enterprise
Citation : Ogungbenro, Rebecca O. et al (2018), Socio-Economic Potentials of Plants Used for Blood-Cleansing in Selected Local Government Areas of Oyo and Ogun States, Southwestern Nigeria. J. of Advanced Botany and Zoology. V6I2.03. DOI : 10.5281/zenodo.1213122
Copyright : © 2018 Ogungbenro, Rebecca O.. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Journal of Advanced Botany and Zoology
ISSN : 2348-7313
Volume 6 / Issue 2
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