A review on ethnobotanical studies of medicinal plants use by agro-pastoral communities in, Ethiopia
Yeneayehu Fenetahun and Girma Eshetu
Ethiopian plants have shown remarkably effective medicinal values. Medicinal plants and knowledge of their uses provides a vital contribution to human and livestock health care needs throughout Ethiopia. This paper reviews and discusses on role of medicinal-plant use by local communities, traditional utilization and management practices in Ethiopia. The literature review was done by collecting relevant information from journal articles, books and electronic resources. Despite the wide role of medicinal-plant use by local communities, traditional utilization and management practices are not well reviewed and documented. The review sums up the following key points on the management practice, current status and threats on medicinal plants.(1),Awareness raising activities should be undertaken additionally, (2), Attention should be given to the usage of traditional medicine and management and conservation activities, (3), Establishing Traditional Healers Associations is very essential and (4)Further and relevant scientific research should be conducted on medicinal plants to dig out their quality, efficacy and safety.