Preliminary study on ethnobotanical plants in Campania region (Italy)
Muoio R. and B. Menale. 2001. Preliminary study on plants used in
ethnobotanical veterinary medicine in Campania region (Italy). Paper
submitted to the Third International Congress of Ethnobotany 'Etnobotanica
Napoli 2001 - Ethnobotany in the Third Millennium: Expectations and
Unresolved Issues', Naples, Italy - September 22-30, 2001.
Ethnoveterinary plants had an important rule in the agricultural society
in the past century and nowadays some of these plants are still used in
the rural communities. In the Botanical Garden of Naples a preliminary
study of the traditional veterinary plants in Campania has been carried
out. We started our work by interwieving ancient people; thanks to their
information we have found about 40 wild species belonging to different
families used in ethnoveterinary. Different kinds of animals (ovine,
bovine, pets) are treated and different types of illness are considered.
Many plants are used in different ways to obtain decoctions and poultices.
To strength the oral information a microbiological study has been
undertaken, in collaboration with the Department of Physiology, Section of
Microbiology of the University of Naples, and they are still in progress.
The first results demonstrate that in some cases the use of plants is
lacking of medicinal benefits, especially as far as the antibiotic effects
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