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Revista de Salud Pública

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URIOSTEGUI-FLORES, Adrián. Medicinal herbs used in the care for diseases of the digestive system in the city of Taxco, Guerrero, Mexico. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2015, vol.17, n.1, pp.85-96. ISSN 0124-0064.  http://dx.doi.org/10.15446/rsap.v17n1.42235.

Objective This study shows a) the empirical use, b) the properties proven scientifically and c), doses of the main medicinal herbs that are used in the care for disease of the digestive system (and/or its signs and symptoms) in the city of Taxco, Guerrero, Mexico. Methods The study was qualitative. Approaches regarding sampling in qualitative research were taken into account. This specifically was with regard to homogeneous samples. We interviewed six recognized traditional practitioners that had deep knowledge of the subject. A questionnaire interview with open questions was designed regarding the characteristics of the major herbs, the most common diseases of the digestive system, and the doses and parts used. Results The main findings reflect about 20 plants that are used to heal these conditions, as well as their real scientifically proven health properties. Conclusions Medicinal plants continue to be part of a complex local medical structure. This knowledge and the set of specialized therapeutic techniques and treatments are valid today.

Keywords : Medicinal plants; traditional medicine; digestive system.

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