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Four footed pharmacists: indications of self-medicating livestock in Karamoja, Uganda

Jean Grade UGent, John RS Tabuti and Patrick Van Damme UGent (2009) ECONOMIC BOTANY. 63(1). p.29-42
abstract
Four Footed Pharmacists: Indications of Self-Medicating Livestock in Karamoja, Uganda.Following observations of goats' possible self-medication browsing the anti-parasitic plant, Albizia anthelmintica, an ethnobotanical survey was undertaken to examine whether livestock engage in other self-medicating behaviors, and if people also use the same medications. Information was gathered over a five-month period from 147 Karamojong pastoralists and healers using a checklist of questions. There were 124 observations for 50 proposed self-medicating behaviors, primarily eating plants, to treat a total of 35 disease conditions. Of the plant species, 72% were also prepared by informants to treat human or veterinary diseases. Species importance was estimated by four factors: > 3 user citations, informant consensus factor > 0.4, fidelity level > 40% and presence in the local pharmacopoeia. Eight species fulfilled all of these factors, and 12 had at least three. These results provide support for the hypothesis that animals graze specific plants when ill and suggest that people have developed some of their knowledge through animal observation.
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EFFICACY, PLANTS, NATIONAL-PARK, CONSENSUS, SHEEP, BIOACTIVE PROPERTIES, ALBIZIA-ANTHELMINTICA, pharmacopoeia, ethnobotany, pastoralists, ethnoveterinary knowledge, albizia anthelmintica, zoopharmacognosy, Animal self-medication, DISTRICT, MEDICINE, CHIMPANZEES
journal title
ECONOMIC BOTANY
Econ. Bot.
volume
63
issue
1
pages
29 - 42
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000263671900004
JCR category
PLANT SCIENCES
JCR impact factor
0.889 (2009)
JCR rank
104/172 (2009)
JCR quartile
3 (2009)
ISSN
0013-0001
DOI
10.1007/s12231-008-9058-z
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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2911859
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2911859
date created
2012-06-19 13:35:14
date last changed
2012-07-10 09:01:23
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  abstract     = {Four Footed Pharmacists: Indications of Self-Medicating Livestock in Karamoja, Uganda.Following observations of goats' possible self-medication browsing the anti-parasitic plant, Albizia anthelmintica, an ethnobotanical survey was undertaken to examine whether livestock engage in other self-medicating behaviors, and if people also use the same medications. Information was gathered over a five-month period from 147 Karamojong pastoralists and healers using a checklist of questions. There were 124 observations for 50 proposed self-medicating behaviors, primarily eating plants, to treat a total of 35 disease conditions. Of the plant species, 72\% were also prepared by informants to treat human or veterinary diseases. Species importance was estimated by four factors: {\textrangle} 3 user citations, informant consensus factor {\textrangle} 0.4, fidelity level {\textrangle} 40\% and presence in the local pharmacopoeia. Eight species fulfilled all of these factors, and 12 had at least three. These results provide support for the hypothesis that animals graze specific plants when ill and suggest that people have developed some of their knowledge through animal observation.},
  author       = {Grade, Jean and Tabuti, John RS and Van Damme, Patrick},
  issn         = {0013-0001},
  journal      = {ECONOMIC BOTANY},
  keyword      = {EFFICACY,PLANTS,NATIONAL-PARK,CONSENSUS,SHEEP,BIOACTIVE PROPERTIES,ALBIZIA-ANTHELMINTICA,pharmacopoeia,ethnobotany,pastoralists,ethnoveterinary knowledge,albizia anthelmintica,zoopharmacognosy,Animal self-medication,DISTRICT,MEDICINE,CHIMPANZEES},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {29--42},
  title        = {Four footed pharmacists: indications of self-medicating livestock in Karamoja, Uganda},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12231-008-9058-z},
  volume       = {63},
  year         = {2009},
}

Chicago
Grade, Jean, John RS Tabuti, and Patrick Van Damme. 2009. “Four Footed Pharmacists: Indications of Self-medicating Livestock in Karamoja, Uganda.” Economic Botany 63 (1): 29–42.
APA
Grade, J., Tabuti, J. R., & Van Damme, P. (2009). Four footed pharmacists: indications of self-medicating livestock in Karamoja, Uganda. ECONOMIC BOTANY, 63(1), 29–42.
Vancouver
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Grade J, Tabuti JR, Van Damme P. Four footed pharmacists: indications of self-medicating livestock in Karamoja, Uganda. ECONOMIC BOTANY. 2009;63(1):29–42.
MLA
Grade, Jean, John RS Tabuti, and Patrick Van Damme. “Four Footed Pharmacists: Indications of Self-medicating Livestock in Karamoja, Uganda.” ECONOMIC BOTANY 63.1 (2009): 29–42. Print.