Souad BelhajIbn Tofail University, Morocco
Title: Ethnobotanical study of medicinal plants used for the treatment of anxiety and depression in the High Atlas Central of Morocco
Our study consists in enhancing and preserving the natural heritage of the High Atlas Atlas of Morocco, by carrying out an ethnopharmacological and toxicological study of medicinal plants used locally for the treatment of anxiety and depression, in order to collect as much information as possible on the therapeutic, cosmetic, and toxicological uses of these plants. Thus, a survey of 123 questionnaires was conducted among the local population. The results of this survey indicated that 48 species divided into 29 families are used in the treatment of anxiety and depression. The most represented family is the Lamiaeae. Among the mentioned species, Rosmarinus officinalis L., Anastatica hierochuntica L. and Cinnamomum Cassia Blum., were the most recommended in the treatment of this disease. The leaves are the most used organ (61.32%). The most used pharmaceutical form is the decoction (28%). These results constitute a database for further studies to evaluate the biological and phytochemical potential of these plants.
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