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Traditional medicines for common dermatological disorders in Mauritius
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  • Journal title : TANG [HUMANITAS MEDICINE]
  • Volume 3, Issue 4,  2013, pp.31.1-31.8
  • Publisher : Association of Humanitas Medicine
  • DOI : 10.5667/tang.2013.0021
 Title & Authors
Traditional medicines for common dermatological disorders in Mauritius
Mahomoodally, Mohamad Fawzi; Hossain, Ziad Dil;
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This study has been geared to document primary information on common complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) used to treat and/or manage common dermatological disorders in Mauritius, a tropical multicultural island in the Indian Ocean. Data from 355 key informants was collected via a semi-structured questionnaire. Pearson correlation and Chi-squared test were performed to delineate any association. Quantitative indexes including the Importance Value (IV) and fidelity value were calculated. Results tend to indicate that cultural reasons were behind the use of CAM among Mauritians and traditional knowledge was mainly acquired either from parents/relatives or from self-experience. Among the medicinal plants mentioned, Aziadiracta indica (IV
complementary and alternative medicines;herbal medicine;traditional knowledge;Mauritius;dermatological disorders;
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