The role of individuals in the resilience of local medical systems based on the use of medicinal plants – a hypothesis

Authors
Ferreria Junior, Whasington Soares; Santoro, Flavia Rosa; Nascimiento, André Luiz Borba; Ladio, Ana Haydee; Albuquerque, Ulysses Paulino
Publication Year
2013
Language
English
Format
article
Status
Published version
Description
Some studies in the field of ethnobiology investigate the knowledge and use of biological resources, especially medicinal plants, to infer the resilience of local medical systems. However, little is known about the resilience of such systems in the context of the distribution of knowledge among individuals in the studied communities. For example, although a medical system is formed by a diverse set of species, the distribution of knowledge may be limited to a small number of individuals, which reduces its flexibility and does not favor its resilience. Thus, this manuscript proposes the hypothesis that the medical system appears resilient when assessing the knowledge of the individuals who compose the system. The knowledge of medicinal plants for the treatment of therapeutic targets among the individuals is used as an example. Additionally, predictions are made and a methodological protocol is described to test the hypothesis by a simple analysis.
Fil: Ferreria Junior, Whasington Soares. Universidade Federal Rural Pernambuco; Brasil
Fil: Santoro, Flavia Rosa. Universidade Federal Rural Pernambuco; Brasil
Fil: Nascimiento, André Luiz Borba. Universidade Federal Rural Pernambuco; Brasil
Fil: Ladio, Ana Haydee. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas. Centro Científico Tecnológico Patagonia Norte. Instituto de Investigación En Biodiversidad y Medioambiente; Argentina
Fil: Albuquerque, Ulysses Paulino. Universidade Federal Rural Pernambuco; Brasil
Subject
medical ethnobiology
resilience
individual traditional knowledge
therapeutic targets
Otras Ciencias Biológicas
Ciencias Biológicas
CIENCIAS NATURALES Y EXACTAS
Access level
Open access
License
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/ar/
Repository
CONICET Digital (CONICET)
Institution
Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas
OAI Identifier
oai:ri.conicet.gov.ar:11336/6758