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Table 3 Informant consensus factor by categories of diseases in Butaleja District

From: Medicinal plant use, conservation, and the associated traditional knowledge in rural communities in Eastern Uganda

Use category Ailments Use citation (Nur) Number of species used (Nt) Informant consensus factor (ICF)
Aches Backache, joint pains, migraine, myalgia, toothache 43 9 0.810
Skin infections Acne, athlete's foot, cutaneous mycoses, dermatophytosis, lethargy, other skin diseases 130 17 0.877
Cancers Breast cancer, colon cancer, esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, throat cancer, other cancers 22 9 0.619
Cardiovascular diseases Anemia, high blood pressure, heart diseases, hypertension 119 9 0.932
Ear, nose and throat Nose bleeding, septic ears, sore throat, tonsillitis 46 7 0.867
Gastro-intestinal tract infections Abdominal pains, diarrhea, dysentery, abdominal hernia, indigestion, flatulence, stomachache, ulcers, vomiting, others 320 47 0.856
Bone diseases Bone fracture, osteodynia, osteomyelitis, osteoporosis, rheumatism, septic arthritis (osteomyelitis) 57 9 0.857
Metabolic disorders Diabetes, bromhidrosis 84 5 0.952
Urinogenital, and reproductive disorders Erectile dysfunction, hydrocele, genital warts, syphilis, uterine fibroids, menorrhagia, retained placenta, gonorrhea, abnormal menstrual cycle, infertility, breech position in pregnancy, vaginal candidiasis, dystocia labor 294 42 0.860
Optical complications Itchy eyes, visual impairment 42 4 0.927
Parasitic diseases Malaria, stomach helminthiasis 254 17 0.937
Respiratory infections Asthma, chest congestion, chest pain, cough, flu, pneumonia, whooping cough 287 35 0.881
Spiritual complications Witchcraft, evil spirit possession, lack of spiritual power, nightmares, spirit possession 139 14 0.906
Viral diseases Measles, mumps, yellow fever 77 10 0.882
Other purposes Abscess, allergy, fever, gangrenes, psychotic excitement, snake bite envenomation, colic in babies, hypo-galactorrhea, lack of appetite, insomnia, poor memory 86 17 0.812