Disease-consensus index as a tool of selecting potential hypoglycemic plants in Chikindzonot, Yucatán, México
Andrade-Cetto, A, Becerra-Jiménez, J, Martínez-Zurita, E, Ortega-Larrocea, P & Heinrich, M 2006, 'Disease-consensus index as a tool of selecting potential hypoglycemic plants in Chikindzonot, Yucatan, Mexico', Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 107, no. 2, pp. 199-204.
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There is a general lack of adequate methods to quantitatively assess the importance of specific medicinal plants in a culture. In Mexico like in many other countries type 2 diabetes is an increasing health problem and the use of medicinal plants to treat this disease is widespread. In the present study we propose a mathematical tool for analysing ethnopharmacological field data, with the ultimate aim to select species with most prominent impact on a community to treat a single disease. Using this tool in a Yucatec Mayan community we demonstrate that Malmea depressa (Baill.) R.E. Fr. and Cecropia peltata L. are culturally most salient hypoglycemic plants in this community.