INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE OF TRADITIONAL MEDICINAL PLANTS AGAINST SEXUAL TRANSMITS DISEASES: REVIEWAbstract
Sexually transmitted diseases are serious problem concerned with health, social and economic challenges in the world, especially in Africa. Rural patients are more dependent on folk medicinal healers for treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. Rural people depend on traditional medicinal plants because of lack of access to modern medical facilities and hesitancy to relate this form of illnesses in front of unknown doctors. These medicinal plants have been used for the treatment of many sexually transmitted diseases without any scientific evidence. Since, the traditional healer usually resides in the same village or an adjoining area, the patient is more comfortable in seeking them for treatment. At present, there is more emphasis on determining the scientific evidence and rationalization of the use of these preparations. Taking into account the large number and structural diversity of currently available plant constituents, the plant kingdom remains an exciting source for new antiviral and anti-bacterial agents.