Students of city school help identify medicinal plants

Goal is to understand and discover the intensity and persistence of this culture in the lives of Residents of the South Zone of Manaus

In the 21st century, when science is prominent, especially in the health field with the discovery of new technologies, the use of traditional medicine, made from medicinal plants, is still common in the Amazon.

Aiming to understand and discover the intensity and persistence of this culture in the life of the residents of St. Lazarus district, in the south of Manaus, the elementary school teacher, he teaches a course at the School of Sciences Anton√°cio Assumption Hall (former school St. Lazarus ) and Master of Biotechnology and Natural Resources State University of Amazonas (UEA), Marcelo Silva Lima school students to develop research Ethnobotanical Study of Medicinal Plants in the neighborhood of St. Lazarus.

Linked to the Science in School Program (ECP) of the Foundation for Research of the State of Amazonas (FAPEAM) and the Municipal Education (Semed), the study receives funding of around £ 4300 and want to find out if the residents the neighborhood still use medicinal plants to cure any illnesses. Let us address the frequency with which people use these plants and what kind of diseases they are used, the researcher said.

In addition to identifying the use and importance of plants in the lives of residents, the study also seeks to assess whether people make some sort of combination between the two forms of medicine - the pharmacological and medicinal plants and if this brings some kind of treatment effect for certain diseases.

We also want to know, through study, if these people use medicinal plants together with other drugs and, at some point, it has some results, Lee said.

Source: FAPEAM