Plants used by Mexican traditional medicine with presumable sedative properties: an ethnobotanical approach

Arch Med Res. 1992 Autumn;23(3):111-6.


An ethnobotanical study of plants used in Mexican traditional medicine was made. The source was the national inquiry done by the IMSS-COPLAMAR health program (1983-1985) in which the plants used to treat mental disorders were selected and analyzed, in order to select the most frequent botanical species used in traditional medicine as sedatives, anticonvulsants and hypnotics.

MeSH terms

  • Anticonvulsants / isolation & purification
  • Anticonvulsants / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Hypnotics and Sedatives / isolation & purification
  • Hypnotics and Sedatives / therapeutic use*
  • Mental Disorders / drug therapy*
  • Mexico
  • Nervous System / drug effects
  • Plant Extracts / isolation & purification
  • Plant Extracts / pharmacology
  • Plant Extracts / therapeutic use
  • Plants, Medicinal* / classification


  • Anticonvulsants
  • Hypnotics and Sedatives
  • Plant Extracts