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Table 5 Medicinal plant uses

From: A study of the medicinal plants used by the Marakwet Community in Kenya

  No of species used Percentage
Cancer 10 7.1
Abdominal (colic pains) 9 6.4
Food supplements 5 3.6
Heartburns 5 3.6
Herbs used by convalescing patients 5 3.6
Synergistic herbs 5 3.6
Amoebiasis 4 2.9
Emetics 4 2.9
Hypertension 4 2.9
Malaria like symptoms 4 2.9
Purgatives 4 2.9
Stomachache 4 2.9
Toothache 4 2.9
Abortifacients 3 2.1
Antivenom 3 2.1
Colic pain in children 3 2.1
Erectile dysfunction 3 2.1
Eye ailments 3 2.1
Food flavours 3 2.1
Herbal tea 3 2.1
Oral thrush 3 2.1
Removal of ganglions 3 2.1
Kipei” condition 2 1.4
Administered after surgery 2 1.4
Arthritis 2 1.4
Chest congestion (wheezing) 2 1.4
Common colds/cough 2 1.4
Craniotomy (surgery) 2 1.4
Diabetes 2 1.4
Enhance lactation in breastfeeding mothers 2 1.4
Itchy skin rashes 2 1.4
Rheumatism 2 1.4
Sexually transmitted diseases 2 1.4
Wounds 2 1.4
Anaemia 1 0.7
Antihaemorrhagic (arrests bleeding) 1 0.7
Appetizers 1 0.7
Blocked nose 1 0.7
Chronic skin ulcers 1 0.7
Common colds/cough/sore throat 1 0.7
Diagnosis of an enlarged prostate 1 0.7
Enlarged prostate 1 0.7
Fever in children 1 0.7
Flu 1 0.7
General Malaise 1 0.7
Headache 1 0.7
Jaundice 1 0.7
Mumps 1 0.7
Obesity 1 0.7
Peptic ulcers 1 0.7
Period pains 1 0.7
Poultice 1 0.7
Removal of retained placenta 1 0.7
Stomachache resulting from food poisoning 1 0.7
Teething in children 1 0.7
Treatment of heavy snoring 1 0.7