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Use of traditional plants in management of Halitosis in a Moroccan poulation

Sanae AKKAOUI; Oum keltoum ENNIBI.

Abstract
Introduction
The use of medicinal plants was a very spread therapeutic way. Currently, several studies are moving towards this ancestral option, seen the emergence of several bacterial resistance and for the large number of side effects of some synthetic drugs.
Object
The aim of this study was to collect and evaluate information on medicinal plants commonly used in five Moroccan cities: Rabat, Salé, Témara, Khémisset, and Tiflet for management of halitosis.
Methods
This is a cross-sectional survey; conducted among 171 herbalists. The tool of the study was a questionnaire filled by herbalists. SPSS in its version 13 was used for statistical calculations. Quantitative variables were expressed as mean and standard deviation. Categorical variables were expressed as numbers and percentage.
Results
Analysis of the results of this study identified 23 plants that are used the most. The herbal knowledge herbalists prescribed on the toxicity of plants and their side effects were appreciated.
Conclusions
Preliminary results presented in this work allow knowing the plants used by this population. This data could be the basis for experimental and clinical studies to promote the use of natural agents in the treatment of bad breath.

Key words: Medicinal plants;Traditional healers;Phytoterapy;Halitosis



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