Registration and revaluation of ancestral knowledge in the use of medicinal plants for the treatment of digestive diseases within the alternative health system of two rural populations in the Pacucha district, province of Andahuaylas in Apurímac-Perú

  • María del Carmen Delgado Laime UNAJMA
Keywords: medicinal plants, digestive system, forms of medicinal use


Digestive diseases today are frequent in the majority of the population, the main causes of which are stress, junk food, the quality of food, the use of agrochemicals in the crops of takeaway bread, among others; The inhabitants of rural areas do not have the facility to access health centers, mainly because they are located in areas far from their homes and they only attend during work hours, they only arrive at these health centers when they are very difficult problems. serious. As digestive problems recur in members of rural families, they have opted for the cultivation in gardens of some medicinal plants and others grow naturally in the countryside or nearby forests, where they get them to treat digestive system ailments. Objective to register, revalue and rescue the ancestral knowledge of the use of medicinal plants for the treatment of diseases of the digestive system and contribute to their better use and recognition within the alternative health system that is available to the majority of the population. Design: Descriptive. Place: two rural towns in the Pacucha district, Manchaybamba and Cotahuacho, participants: male and female people between 18 and 80 years old. Results: 16 botanical families with 36 species and 21 genera of medicinal plants used in diseases of the digestive system have been registered, of which 16 are cultivated in gardens and 20 are wild; the most abundant family is Lamiaceae with 12 species, followed by the Asteraceae family with 7 species, the most used plant organ are leaves and the most frequent form of infusion is