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Type Journal Article - European Journal of Medicinal Plants
Title Ethnomedicinal study and screening of plants used for memory enhancement and antiaging in Sagamu, Nigeria
Volume 2
Issue 3
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2012
Page numbers 262-275
URL https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Adekunle_Oladele/publication/272756470_Ethnomedicinal_Study_and​_Screening_of_Plants_Used_for_Memory_Enhancement_and_Antiaging_in_Sagamu_Nigeria/links/55e61d5608aed​e0b57376772.pdf
Background: The objective of this study was to cary out a comprehensive
ethnomedicinal survey of plants used as memory enhancer and antiaging in Sagamu
Local Government area of Ogun State in south west Nigeria.
Methodology: Semi-structured questionaires were used to conduct interviews with
traditonal healers, herb selers and other knowledgeable individuals on use of medicinal
plants as memory enhancers and anti-aging. Nine communites were selected randomly
for data colection acros the rural and urban centers with a total of 10 informants.
Results: The informants consist of 92% males and 8% females, 60% were traditonal
healers, 13% herb selers while the others were knowledgeable individuals on medicinal
plants utilzation. Findings revealed 41 plant genera belonging to 31 familes of which
46.3%, 26.8%, 17.1% and 12.2% are tres, herbs, climbers and shrubs respectively.
Leaves (58.5%) and stem bark (26.8%) are prevalent in plant parts used. Screning ofcommonly used plants revealed presence of alkaloids, tanins, saponins, anthraquinones,
cyanogenetic and cardiac glycosides.
Conclusion: Potentials of plants commonly used by indigenous people in the study area
as memory enhancer and antiaging are recommended for further pharmacological
research and conservation.

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