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Traditional knowledge of small farmers on medicinal plants used for occupational pain treatment

Traditional knowledge of small farmers on medicinal plants used for occupational pain treatment

Cadernos de Terapia Ocupacional Da Ufscar 24(3): 563-574

Objective: The research aimed to evaluate the ethnobotanical knowledge of farmers from Cariri, Ceara, Brazil, in the treatment of occupational back and muscles pain, considering the local culture and biodiversity. Method: The ethnobotanical data were obtained through semi-structured interviews, free list technic and snowball, and analyzed by Collective Subject Discourse and species use value methods. Results: We found 18 species; Barbatimao (Stryphnodendron rotundifolium Mart) and Sucupira (Bowdichia virgilioides Kunth) were the most cited species with use-value of 0.5 and 0.6, respectively. We found a vast wealth of information related to culture of traditional communities studied. Conclusion: Comprehension about the activities developed in agriculture allows occupational therapy to intervene and work to promote the health of farmers thereby improving their quality of life.

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