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Vol. 16, No. 5, 2009
Issue release date: November 2009
Forsch Komplementmed 2009;16:305–312
Review Article · Übersichtsarbeit

Medicinal Animals as Therapeutic Alternative in a Semi-Arid Region of Northeastern Brazil

Alves R.R.N.a · Oliveira M.G.G.a · Barboza R.R.D.a · Singh R.b · Lopez L.C.S.a
a Departamento de Biologia, Universidade Estadual da Paraíba, Brazil b College of Horticulture and Forestry, Central Agricultural University, Pasighat, India


Background: A number of animal species are offered by herbalists in markets throughout Brazil. Nevertheless, there is a general lack of information about this type of trade in the country. In this review, we report on the trade of medicinal animal species in a semi-arid region in northeastern Brazil. Methods: We gathered information from scientific articles on animal species used for medicinal purposes in that semi-arid region. Results and Conclusion: The trade of medicinal animals comprises 59 species and the zootherapeutic products extracted from them, recommended for the treatment of 66 illnesses. Results demonstrate the existence of a multi-state trade network of medicinal animals. Some of the traded animals are listed in the Brazilian list of threatened species. This demonstrates the urgent need to consider zootherapy in the context of biodiversity conservation in Brazil. Our results reveal the importance of zootherapy as a therapeutic alternative and demonstrate the need of further studies on the subject.

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Dr. Rômulo Romeu da Nóbrega Alves, Departamento de Biologia, Universidade Estadual da Paraíba, Av. das Baraúnas, 351/Campus Universitário, Bodocongó, 58109-753, Campina Grande, Paraíba, Brazil, Tel. +55 83 33153314, 33153339, 88367354,

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Published_online: September 10, 2009
Number of Print Pages : 8

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Forschende Komplementärmedizin / Research in Complementary Medicine (Research Practice Perspectives - Wissenschaft Praxis Perspektiven)

Vol. 16, No. 5, Year 2009 (Cover Date: November 2009)

Journal Editor: Walach H. (Northampton)
ISSN: 1661-4119 (Print), eISSN: 1661-4127 (Online)

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