Traditional Herbal Remedies Used in women’s Health Care in Italy: a Review

  • Riccardo MottiEmail author
  • Giuliano Bonanomi
  • Stefano Emrick
  • Virginia Lanzotti


In recent decades a significant increase in the use of herbal drugs and alternative medicine has been reported in Europe, Australia, and the USA (Nordeng and Havnen 2004). The use of plants and their products to treat medical disorders is known as herbal medicine and is considered a branch of folk or traditional medicine (Gasparetto et al.2012). Ethnobotany, defined as scientific investigation of interrelation between people and plants, relies on multidisciplinary approaches (Soejarto et al.2009; Sharma and Kumar 2013) and plays a key role in the expanding knowledge of plants used in traditional medicine through pharmacological analysis of traditional plant medicine. Indeed, there are many examples where scientific analysis has provided objective evidence to validate local ecological knowledge (LEK) of medicinal plant uses (Cotton 1996). Consequently, ethnopharmacology is defined as an interdisciplinary scientific exploration of bioactive agents traditionally used by...


Ethnobotany Ethnopharmacology Herbal remedies Phytotherapy Womens’s health care Italy 



We would like to thank Mark Walters for fine-tuning the original draft of the manuscript.


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  1. 1.Department of Agricultural SciencesUniversity of Naples Federico IIPorticiItaly

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