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Sci. Pharm. 2010, 78(2), 275-290; doi:10.3797/scipharm.1003-06

Traditional Medicine in the Pristine Village of Prokoško Lake on Vranica Mountain, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Department of Pharmacognosy, University of Vienna, Althanstraße 14, 1090 Vienna, Austria
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Received: 9 March 2010 / Accepted: 26 April 2010 / Published: 26 April 2010
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Abstract

The results of an ethnobotanical study conducted in the pristine village of Prokoško Lake (Vranica Mountain, Bosnia and Herzegovina) in summer 2007 is presented. Informal interviews involving 12 informants known as “traditional healers” provided data from 43 plants used in 82 prescriptions. The applied plants were used for a broad spectrum of indications. The most frequent were gastro-intestinal tract ailments, blood system disorders, skin ailments, respiratory tract ailments and urinary-genital tract ailments. The most frequent preparation was an infusion. Other often used preparations were ointments or balms and decocts. The special Bosnian balms known as “mehlems” were prepared from freshly chopped or freshly pressed herbal parts of various plant species. Warmed resins from Abies or Picea species, raw cow or pig lard, olive oil and honey served as basis. The traditional doctors, who usually worked as a team, enjoyed such a good reputation that people from all over the country were visiting in search of alternative ways to cure their ailments and diseases. The practical techniques applied by the healers and some of their attitudes and values are reported.
Keywords: Traditional medicine; Ethnobotany; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Vranica; Prokoško Lake Traditional medicine; Ethnobotany; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Vranica; Prokoško Lake
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ŠARIĆ-KUNDALIĆ, B.; FRITZ, E.; DOBEŠ, C.; SAUKEL, J. Traditional Medicine in the Pristine Village of Prokoško Lake on Vranica Mountain, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sci. Pharm. 2010, 78, 275-290.

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