Herbal Treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: Findings from an Ethnobotanical Survey of Akinyele Local Government Area, Oyo State Nigeria

Josephine Omose Ofeimun*, Fanakayo Temitope
Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin, Benin-City, Nigeria.
Corresponding Author: jofeimun@uniben.edu; Tel: +23480649425
Recieved Date: February 26, 2020; Accepted Date: March 29, 2020; Published Date: 30 March 2020
Citation: Ofeimun JO and Temitope F. Herbal Treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: Findings from an Ethnobotanical Survey of Akinyele Local Government Area, Oyo State Nigeria. Trop J Nat Prod Res. 2020; 4(3):98-104.  https://doi.org/10.26538/tjnpr/v4i3.7
Copyright: © 2020 Ofeimun and Temitope. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
ABSTRACT

Medicinal plants represent a very important resource in the treatment and cure of diseases in Africa, Nigeria inclusive. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a chronic age-related disease in men that presents with annoying symptoms of the Lower Urinary tract. This study was carried out to identify and document medicinal plants used in Akinyele local Government area of Oyo state, Southwest Nigeria in the treatment of BPH. Use of semi-structured questionnaires and open-ended interviews was deployed to obtain information on the disease and medicinal plants used in managing it. Twenty five plant species from twenty three families were identified and Chrysophyllum albidum with a Use-value of 0.33 appeared to be of the highest value to respondents in the treatment of BPH.  This study reveals that the use of medicinal plants and the practice of herbalism is an ongoing engagement among residents of an urban area such as Ibadan and its environs. A need to carry out bioactivity and chemical profiling of identified plants is necessary to verify the claim/s of respondents. 

Keywords:
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, Akinyele Local Government, Ethnobotanical survey, Medicinal plants.   

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