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Gaceta Médica Boliviana

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PEREDO LAZARTE, Andrés  and  PINTO RIOS, Cyntia Roxana. Knowledge and use of medicinal plants in yuracar communities. TIPNIS, Cochabamba, Bolivia . Gac Med Bol [online]. 2020, vol.43, n.1, pp.41-48. ISSN 1012-2966.

Objectives: the objective of this study was to analyze the socio-cultural characteristics, use and knowledge of medicinal plants in the indigenous Yuracaré communities of San Benito, San Juan and San Andita. Methods: a descriptive study was carried out, but from a qualitative approach.The universe was the indigenous Yuracar inhabitants over 18 years old, belonging to one of the three communities San Benito, San Juan and San Andita. The sampling was intentional, directed or non-probabilistic, because they are small populations, obtaining a sample of 95 participants. Results: the average age is 29 years with a standard deviation of 11.9 years, 55% are women and 45% men, 73% have a stable marital status or cohabitation. In terms of educational level or schooling we found an average of 4 years of study and when grouped by levels we see that more than 50% have basic training. 95% of the population is aware of the existence of medicinal plants in their community, used mainly in gastroenterological conditions. Conclusions: gastrointestinal conditions are the main reason why these communities turn to the use of medicinal plants. The Mansoa Alliacea and Petiveria Alliacea species are the most widely used plants in the Yuracaré indigenous communities.

Keywords : plants, medicinal; indigenous yuracars.

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