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Revista de la Sociedad Científica del Paraguay

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SORIA REY, Nélida. Plants used in digestive diseases in Paraguay. Rev. Soc. cient. Parag. [online]. 2021, vol.26, n.2, pp.163-176. ISSN 2617-4731.

The WHO promotes the use of Traditional Medicine in Primary Health Care because it has proven to be effective as a first-line treatment and prevention for acute illnesses, such as colds, diarrhea, stomach aches, mild fevers, among others. especially in its early stages. This work is part of the update of medicinal plants that is carried out each year, for this, samples were carried out in the markets of Asunción, San Lorenzo, Caaguazú, Villarrica, Pilar, throughout 2019. 14 semi-structured interviews were conducted with the sellers and users of medicinal plants and who attended consultations in the Family Health Units, in each of the communities. 70 species were identified, used for their digestive use the best represented family was the Asteraceae with 11 species and 9 genera. The most used plant organ was the leaf. When the relative importance of diseases is analyzed, we find that stomach pain is considered the most important condition and the three species most frequently cited for use as stomach antispasmodic were Mentha x piperita "menta í", Lippia alba "salvia rã ”, Mangifera indicates“ mango ”. It also mentions some species that have demonstrated efficacy in their action similar to that mentioned in traditional knowledge.

Palabras clave : ethnobotany; digestive disorders; medicinal plants.

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