Bulgarian traditional medicine: a source of ideas for phytopharmacological investigations

J Ethnopharmacol. 1986 Feb;15(2):121-32. doi: 10.1016/0378-8741(86)90149-2.


Some data about the use of medicinal plants in Bulgarian traditional medicine in the Middle Ages and in modern times are presented and the results of 40-year-long experimental-pharmacological investigations on many medicinal plants used in Bulgarian traditional medicine are reviewed. In-depth discussion is presented on the investigations of garlic (Allium sativum L.), a plant widely used by Bulgarian people for treating different diseases. Data from studies on a large number of plants used for treatment of hypertension, infectious diseases and as diuretic and spasmolytic remedies are summarized.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bacterial Infections / drug therapy
  • Bulgaria
  • Cholesterol / blood
  • Flavonoids / pharmacology
  • Garlic
  • History, 18th Century
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, Medieval
  • Humans
  • Lead Poisoning / therapy
  • Medicine, Traditional* / history
  • Phytotherapy
  • Plants, Medicinal* / analysis


  • Flavonoids
  • Cholesterol