Tropical Animal Health and Production

, Volume 39, Issue 5, pp 375–385

Non-experimental validation of ethnoveterinary plants and indigenous knowledge used for backyard pigs and chickens in Trinidad and Tobago

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11250-007-9026-0

Cite this article as:
Lans, C., Georges, K. & Brown, G. Trop Anim Health Prod (2007) 39: 375. doi:10.1007/s11250-007-9026-0


This paper presents the findings of an exploratory study on ethnoveterinary medicines used for backyard pigs and backyard chickens in Trinidad and Tobago. Research data was collected from 1995 to September 2000. Six plants are used for backyard pigs. Crushed leaves of immortelle (Erythrina pallida, E. micropteryx) are used to remove dead piglets from the uterus. Leaf decoctions of bois canôt (Cecropia peltata) and bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris) are used for labour pains or leaves are fed as a postpartum cleanser. Boiled green papaya fruit (Carica papaya) is fed to pigs to induce milk let-down. The leaves and flowers of male papaya plants (Carica papaya) are fed to de-worm pigs. Sour orange juice (Citrus aurantium) is given to pigs to produce lean meat, and coffee grounds are used for scours. Eyebright and plantain leaves (Plantago major) are used for eye injuries of backyard chickens. Worm grass (Chenopodium ambrosioides) and cotton bush (Gossypium species) are used as anthelmintics. Aloe gel (Aloe vera) is used for internal injuries and the yellow sap from the cut Aloe vera leaf or the juice of Citrus limonia is used to purge the birds. A literature review revealed few toxicity concerns and the potential usefulness of the plants.


Ethnoveterinary medicine Trinidad and Tobago Backyard chickens Backyard pigs 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.BCICSUniversity of VictoriaVictoriaCanada
  2. 2.School of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Medical SciencesThe University of the West IndiesSt. AugustineTrinidad and Tobago

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