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Table 6 Comparison of the present study to other studies conducted in Ambalabe and in Madagascar: species considered are those used for the six frequent diseases

From: Medicinal plants used to treat the most frequent diseases encountered in Ambalabe rural community, Eastern Madagascar

   Present study Rabearivony et al. [7] Rakotonandrasana [39] Razafindraibe [8] Quansah [19] Nicolas [38]
Total number of species   83 62 22 65 7 81
Common species used    20 2 12 4 9
Number of species per disease Bilharzia 6 7 0 0 0 1
Cough 14 12 9 18 0 20
Diarrhea 32 20 6 21 2 41
Dysentery 6 0 0 6 3 28
Malaria 13 14 5 25 0 17
Stomach-ache 30 25 4 12 3 10