Fapojuwomi and Asinwa
Greener Journal of Medical Sciences Vol. 3 (2), pp. 037-041, February 2013
ISSN: 2276-7797 © 2011 Greener Journals
Manuscript Number: 012013398
Assessment of Medicinal Values ofRauvolfia vomitoria (Afzel) in Ibadan Municipality
Fapojuwomi O.A. and *Asinwa I.O.
Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria, Ibadan P. M. B. 5054, Jericho hill, Ibadan, Nigeria.
*Corresponding Author’s Email: asinwaisrael @ yahoo.com, Tel: +2348056953507
Naturally inherited herbs are almost lost and only very few are left in the herbal trade. The study therefore assessed the medicinal values of Rauvolfia vomitoria and its availability in Ibadan municipality with the use of structured questionnaires and target informant interview. A multistage sampling procedure was used to collect data on medicinal values of Rauvolfia vomitoria. Data collected were analyzed using descriptive and cross tabulation.
The findings revealed that Rauvolfia vomitoria has a lot of medical potential in curing and preventing ailments like malaria, typhoid, and jaundice among others. It also has aesthetic effects on human beings and their environment. The plant is abundant at both seasons of the year as testified by 95% of the respondents.
It is therefore recommended that sustainable management and domestication of Rauvolfia vomitoria must be ensured for posterity. In the same vein, preservation techniques of the harvested parts must be intensified to avoid quick spoilage.
Keywords: Rauvolfia vomitoria, municipality, ailments, sustainable management.