Antiprotozoal activity of medicinal plants used by Iquitos-Nauta road communities in Loreto (Peru)

Elsevier, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Volume 210, 10 January 2018, Pages 372-385.
Authors: 
Pedro Vásquez-Ocmín, Sandrine Cojean, Elsa Rengifo, Soulaf Suyyagh-Albouz, Carlos A.Amasifuen, Guerrad Sébastien Pomel, Billy Cabanillas, Kember Mejía, Philippe M.Loiseau, Bruno Figadère and Alexandre Maciuk

In the Peruvian Amazon, the use of medicinal plants is a common practice. However, there is few documented information about the practical aspects of their use and few scientific validation. The starting point for this work was a set of interviews of people living in rural communities from the Peruvian Amazon about their uses of plants. Protozoan diseases are a public health issue in the Amazonian communities, who partly cope with it by using traditional remedies. Validation of these traditional practices contributes to public health care efficiency and may help identify new antiprotozoal compounds.