Ethnopharmacological survey of traditional drugs sold in Israel at the end of the 20th century

Efraim Lev, Zohar Amar

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This report deals with the results of a study of present day uses of traditional medicinal materials in Israel. The survey covered selected markets in medicinal materials, belonging to various religious and ethnic communities, and also included questioning of the sellers and buyers about the healing characteristics of the various materials. The survey yielded information on many and varied medicinal materials, of which 310 are identified according to the following classifications, 264 species of plants (85.1%); 20 species of animals (6.5%); 19 kinds of minerals (6.5%); and seven materials of other or mixed origin (2.3%). Analysis of the data showed that a significant proportion of the materials were of local origin (51.5%) and some were imported from other countries. These data demonstrate that there is still a flourishing and well developed trade in these materials - a trade which is the remnant of a rich and ancient medical culture, which is disappearing from the modern world. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-205
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Ethnopharmacology
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • 20th century
  • Israel
  • Markets
  • Survey
  • Traditional drugs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery


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