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Table 3 Fidelity level of medicinal plant species and therapeutic use in the Loja province

From: “Horchata” drink in Southern Ecuador: medicinal plants and people’s wellbeing

Number Medicinal plant species Therapeutic use Ip Iu *FL value (%)
1 Amaranthus hybridus L. Anti-inflammatory, diuretic, emmenagogue, tonic, vulnerary 78 81 96.3
2 Melissa officinalis L. Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, cardiotonic, digestive, sedative 78 95 82.1
3 Equisetum bogotense Kunth* Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, diuretic, febrifuge, hepatic, hypotensive 86 106 81.1
4 Foeniculum vulgare Mill. Analgesic, carminative, digestive, diuretic, hepatic, stomachache, tonic 42 55 76.4
5 Plantago major L. Anti-inflammatory, diuretic, hepatic, stomachache, vulnerary 91 121 75.2
6 Matricaria recutita L. Analgesic, antidiarrheal, anti-inflammatory, carminative, digestive, sedative, stomachache 76 105 72.4
7 Triumfetta semitriloba Jacq.* Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, diuretic, febrifuge 52 74 70.3
8 Pelargonium odoratissimum (L.) L'Hér. Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, carminative, tonic 34 49 69.4
9 Iresine difusa Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd. Analgesic, antiflu, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, hepatic, tonic 36 52 69.2
10 Pelargonium graveolens L'Hér.ex. Aiton Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antidiarrheal, carminative, diuretic 49 71 69.1
11 Dianthus caryophyllus L. Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, cardiotonic, restorative, sedative 70 104 67.3
12 Citrus x junos Siebold ex Tanaka Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, digestive, sedative, stomachache 42 63 66.7
13 Borago officinalis L. Analgesic, antidiarrheal, antiflu, anti-inflammatory, antitussive, emmenagogue, febrifuge 79 119 66.4
14 Cymbopogon citratus (DC.) Stapf Analgesic, cardiotonic, digestive, diuretic, hypertensive, sedative, stomachache 60 98 61.2
15 Mentha x piperita L. Analgesic, antidiarrheal, antiflu,, anti-inflammatory, antitussive, carminative, digestive, tonic 48 79 60.8
16 Fuchsia hybrida Hort. T. ex Siebert & Voss Anti-inflammatory, antiflu, cardiotonic, sedative, stomachache 36 62 58.1
17 Alcea rosea L. Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, depurative, diuretic, tonic 48 87 55.2
18 Aloysia triphylla Royle Analgesic, antispasmodic, blood pressure, cardiotonic, carminative, digestive, hepatic, hypoglycemic agent, restorative, sedative, stomachache 53 99 53.5
19 Aerva sanguinolenta (L.) Blume Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, diuretic, emmenagogue, restorative, stomachache 98 185 52.9
20 Mentha spicata L. Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiflu, antidiarrheal, antitussive, carminative, digestive, febrifuge, tonic 41 89 46.1
  1. Ip = Number of women market vendors who independently cited the importance of a specific therapeutic use
  2. Iu = Total number of women market vendors
  3. *FL value (%) = Fidelity level value percentage (0 = the least, 100 = the highest agreement)