Yeşılyurt, E.B. | Şımşek, I. | Tuncel, T. | Akaydın, G. | Yeşİlada, E.
Article | 2017 | Marmara Pharmaceutical Journal21 ( 1 ) , pp.132 - 148
In this study, 263 volunteers residing in the districts of Bilecik-Aşağıköy, Bilecik-Pazaryeri-Büyük Elmalı, Bursa-City Center, Edirne-Keşan-Kozköy, Edirne-Keşan and Edirne-İpsala participated into the research by using the face-to-face oral interview technique and the required information for the research was collected with the help of a questionary. In the light of the data taken from the survey, parts of the plants that are used as household remedy, aim of the usage and pattern of the preparation (decoction, infusion, poultice, ointment etc.) were documented inquisitively. All collected plant materials have been identified and de . . .posited at the Herbarium of Faculty of Education of Hacettepe University (HEF). In this study, 68 taxa belonging to 33 families were found to be used as household remedy. It was observed that the majority of these plants belonged to Rosaceae (10 taxa), Lamiaceae (8 taxa), Asteraceae (7 taxa) and Poaceae (4 taxa) families. Gastrointestinal system (46 remedies; 24,6%), respiratory system and chest diseases (41 remedies; 21,9%), urinary system (18 remedies; 9,6%), hemapoietic, immune system and cancer (18 remedies; 9,6%) remain most among 187 uses were documented as household remedy. © 2017, Marmara University. All rights reserved
Article | 2013 | Current Drug Delivery10 ( 1 ) , pp.92 - 95
Plants have become a unique source for the mankind either as food or medicine. No doubt this relationship initiated instinctively to satisfy the inner man, while later they noticed the healing potential of plants. This had been the beginning point of traditional medicines worldwide. Among the ca. 300.000 plant species have been identified on the earth so far, only a fraction (ca.120.000) has been reported to be used as food or remedy. The remaining part has still waited for discovery of their beneficial effects on human health. The metabolite composition of the plants has attracted the scientific community rather than plants itself. . . . However, random screening of plants for potential health benefits without any evidence is a tedious task. Investigation planning based on the traditional use of plants has become one of the solutions to overcome this problem. Thenceforth 1985 increasing numbers of scientific field surveys have been conducted throughout Turkey for the documentation of folkloric utilization of plants against disease symptoms. However, due to the impact of modernization in society accessibility of reliable information has become problematic day-by-day. Moreover, increasing number of migrations from rural areas to urban to improve the living conditions makes difficult to find informants in countryside. In order to rescue this valuable information before complete vanishing, several alternative survey techniques have been attempted. In this study, reports on Turkish folk medicine which have been conducted so far will be evaluated. Based on the data obtained, past and present situations will be discussed. © 2013 Bentham Science Publishers
Article | 2005 | Journal of Ethnopharmacology100 ( 01.02.2020 ) , pp.135 - 137
Due to the rich cultural heritage and relatively rich flora, a wealth of knowledge on traditional and folk medicine has been accumulated in the Middle-East. However, except Turkey, the number of ethnobotanical field studies is few and mainly focused on Unani medicine, which is practised widespread in the southern communities. Urgent scientific field surveys should be conducted among the native people in order to document the wealth of knowledge on folk medicine, other than Unani medicine, before it will be lost by the erosive effects of modernization. © 2005 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Gürbüz, İ. | Gençler Özkan, A.M. | Akaydin, G. | Salihoğlu, E. | Günbatan, T. | Demirci, F. | Yeşilada, Erdem
Article | 2019 | Turkish Journal of Botany43 ( 6 ) , pp.769 - 784
The present study was conducted to collect, record, and document local knowledge of medicinal practices in Düzce, a northwestern Anatolian province. To the best of our knowledge, no comprehensive ethnobotanical study has been reported from this province. Information was acquired through semistructured interviews and personal conversations using a questionnaire and numerous guided field trips with local knowledgeable people. For quantitative analyses and comparisons, recorded data such as informant consensus factor (FIC) and use value (UV) were calculated, respectively. As a result of extensive field studies, 122 taxa were determined . . . as folk medicines; 76 of were wild and 46 were cultivated. The identified medicinal plants were mainly from the family Rosaceae, followed by Compositae, Apiaceae, Lamiaceae, and Solanaceae, respectively. Among the preparations used, liquid forms such as infusions (30.2%) or decoctions (16.4%) represented the most favored ways to administer medicinal plants. Dermatological disorders had the highest FIC score with a value of 0.75 followed by skeletomuscular (FIC = 0.7466), gastrointestinal (FIC = 0.6666), immunological (FIC = 0.6615), and respiratory (FIC = 0.6292) system disorders, among others. The most prominent medicinal plants were Urtica dioica (UV = 0.4352), Plantago major (UV = 0.3056), Rubus ulmifolius (UV = 0.2279), and Sambucus ebulus (UV = 0.2279). According to the present study, the number of people who recognize and use the wild plants of Düzce, and those of the rest of Anatolia, is steadily decreasing. The ethnobotanical knowledge cannot be passed to the next generation in its entirety if it is not properly recorded. In addition to this gradual loss of knowledge, modern information pollution and contamination via the popular media highlight the urgent need to record this precious knowledge before it is lost. © TÜBİTAK