Indigenous knowledge system for treatment of trypanosomiasis in Kaduna state of Nigeria

J Ethnopharmacol. 2002 Feb;79(2):279-82. doi: 10.1016/s0378-8741(01)00351-8.


A survey was carried out in Kaduna State of Nigeria to establish the indigenous knowledge system for treating trypanosomiasis in domestic animals. Questionnaire and interviews were, respectively, administered to, or conducted with about 200 livestock farmers and traders spread around the state. Data obtained revealed the use of several plants either alone or in combination, for the treatment and management of trypasonomiasis. The most common plants encountered were Adansonia digitata, Terminalia avicennoides, Khaya senegalensis, Cissus populnea, Tamarindus indica, Lawsonia inermis, Boswellia dalzielli, Pseudocedrela kotschi, Syzyium quinensis, Sterculia setigera, Afzelia africana, Prosopis africana, Lancea kerstingii. The method of preparation and mode of administration of some of these plants in the treatment of trypanosomiasis are reviewed and discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Data Collection / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Medicine, African Traditional*
  • Nigeria
  • Phytotherapy / methods
  • Phytotherapy / statistics & numerical data
  • Plant Extracts / therapeutic use
  • Plants, Medicinal
  • Trypanosomiasis / drug therapy*


  • Plant Extracts