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Food plants used during traditional wrestling in Kabyè land of Togo

Tchazou Kpatcha, Amegnona Agbonon, Messanvi Gbeassor

Abstract


Introduction: In the traditional sports like the fight, natural products from minerals, animals and plants are used to increase physical resistance and performance. For a better understanding of this practice, an ethnopharmacological survey was carried out in kabyè land, North of Togo, to identify current plants used as foods plants during traditional wrestling. Methods: Ethnopharmacological data were collected through semistructured method and personal interviewsin the Kabyè locality during traditional wrestling. At least, twelve villages were surveyed in the study. Results: Results indicated that 57 plants are widely used by local people as food plants generally during wrestling time. These plants are used traditionally for many others purposes. Conclusion: We concluded that these plants may serve as sources for pharmacological investigations in physical performance improvement.

Pan African Medical Journal 2016; 23



http://dx.doi.org/10.11604/pamj.2016.23.25.7719
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