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Pharmacognosy Journal, 2009; 1(3):178–183
Original Article | doi:Nill

The study of spiritual remedies in orthodox rural churches and traditional medicinal practice in Gondar Zuria district, Northwestern Ethiopia

Authors and affiliation (s):

Muthuswamy Ragunathan1* Mequente Solomon2

1Department of Pharmacognosy, Cherraan’s College of Pharmacy, 521- Siruvani Main Road, Coimbatore-39, Tamilnadu State, India

2Department of Pharmacology, Addis Ababa University, Medical Faculty, PO Box 9086, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


During flowering season from September 2007 to December 2007, ethno medicinal information, as well as Spiritual remedies, documentation carried out among Orthodox Christian people of Gondar zuria district in northwestern Ethiopia. Based on the local utilization of plants and the aboriginal knowledge provided by the orthodox Christian people were documented. Field survey and personal discussion method has been used for collection of data. A list of 33 therapeutically, potential plants of 31 genera, 30 species belonging to 24 families identified by its taxonomic characters. The plants with their local names, ethno therapeutic claims including mode of preparation and method of applications to treat common illness and socio demographic profile of informants and spiritual remedies given by the Orthodox Christian priest in this district are studied.

Key words: Medicinal Plants, Spiritual remedies, Orthodox Christian, Gondar zuria district, Ethiopia.


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