Assessment of native medicinal plants in selected mining area of claver Surigao Del Norte, Philippines
Meljan T Demetillo, Glenn L Betco and Alvin B Goloran
This study aimed to document the traditional knowledge on plants by traditional healers in Claver, Surigao del Norte, Philippines. Twenty-nine respondents were identified following a snowball sampling technique and were interviewed on their traditional knowledge and practice of using different medicinal plants. A total of 51 plant species, grouped into 33 Families were recorded which will used to treat 26 different kinds of human health problems. Leaves (35%) were the most commonly used plant part and oral application (57%) was found to be the most frequent in the preparation and routes of administration for each medicinal plant species. Aside from the medicinal uses, some of these plants were also used as food. The medicinal plants identified were proven effective by the local traditional healers to cure for certain illnesses, since they were utilizing these various plant species for herbal medicines for several years ago.