Economic Botany

, Volume 47, Issue 1, pp 89–98 | Cite as

Medicinal plants of Northern and Central Oman (Arabia)

  • Shahina A. Ghazanfar
  • Ahmed Mohammed Al-Al-Sabahi


The use of medicinal herbs in northern and central Oman (Arabia) is still common today. Plants known for their curative powers are used for a wide spectrum of diseases, from common cold and fever to paralysis and diabetes. Herbal medicines are dispensed, after “diagnosis” from a herbal healer. The detailed uses of 35 native and 21 cultivated plants and their chemical composition are given.

Key Words

medicinal plants herbal medicine Oman Arabia Graeco-Arab medicine Unani tibb 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shahina A. Ghazanfar
    • 1
  • Ahmed Mohammed Al-Al-Sabahi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiologySultan Qaboos UniversityMuscat, Sultanate of Oman
  2. 2.Department of Water PollutionMinistry of EnvironmentAl-Khuwair, Sultanate of Oman

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