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Table 3 The 12 categories of use comprising the 41 complaints, their total and partial number of plants cited by the five migrants.

From: Ethnopharmacological survey among migrants living in the Southeast Atlantic Forest of Diadema, São Paulo, Brazil

Category of use Complaints (number of plants cited) Total number of plants
1- Gastrointestinal disturbances To combat worms (1), ulcer (1), diarrhoea (1), bellyache (2), heartburn (1), intestinal infections (1), liver pain (3), to improve digestion (1), hemorrhoid (1), as laxative (10) and for stomach purify (2) 24
2- Inflammatory processes As anti-inflammatory (3) and healing (6), to treat sty/conjunctivitis (2), inflammation in the mouth/throat (3), rheumatism (2), sinusitis (2) and gingivitis (1) 19
3- Respiratory problems To combat cough (1), bronchitis (15) and as expectorant (2) 18
4- Anxiolytic/hypnotics As sedative (11) 11
5-O steomuscular problems To ease back pain (1), muscles pain (6), hip pain (1), prevent osteoporosis (1) and to treat lesions in bone (1) 10
6- Dermatological problems To combat external allergies (2), wounds in the body (5) and inhibits the growth of skin stains (1) 8
7- Genitourinary disturbances As diuretic (5), to combat kidney stone (2) and treating urine with blood (1) 8
8- Endocrine system To reduce cholesterol (1) and diabetes (3) 4
9- Cardiovascular problems Treat heart problems (1) and as blood purifier (2) 3
10- Immunological problems To combat breast cancer (1) and stomach cancer (1) 2
11- Analgesics Earache (2) 2
12- Fever To combat fever (1) 1
Total   110*
  1. * Some plants have been cited for more than one complaint, so the total number of plants above (110) is higher than the ones indicated by the interviewees.