Repertory of drugs and medicinal plants used in traditional medicine of Afghanistan

J Ethnopharmacol. 1987 Aug;20(3):245-90. doi: 10.1016/0378-8741(87)90052-3.


The traditional uses of plants for medicine were studied in Afghanistan. To date, 215 medicinal plants have been identified and are presented in a table with the vernacular name (in Dari, Pashto and Kati), the geographical and ecological distribution, and the medicinal use. This study of traditional medicine demonstrates a close relationship between the kinds of medicinal plants used and pathology, and thus may serve as an indicator of the major health problems of the people.

MeSH terms

  • Afghanistan
  • Humans
  • Medicine, Traditional*
  • Phytotherapy*
  • Plants, Medicinal*