An ethnobotanical study of plants used for the treatment of wounds in the Eastern Cape, South Africa

J Ethnopharmacol. 1999 Nov 30;67(3):327-32. doi: 10.1016/s0378-8741(99)00082-3.


The people of the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa, still depend, to a large extent, on traditional herbal medicine for the treatment of various diseases and ailments. This includes the use of plants for the treatment of wounds. Information collected from the traditional healers, the Sangomas, has revealed 38 plant species that are used for the treatment of wounds in the Province. The plants belong to 26 families of which Asteraceae, Asphodelaceae and Solanaceae are the most represented. The use of plant leaves as a poultice and infusions are the commonest categories of herbal preparations. In all cases, the treatment of wounds involved the external application of the herbal medicine.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Medicine, African Traditional*
  • Plants, Medicinal*
  • South Africa
  • Wounds and Injuries / drug therapy*