publication . Article . 2009

Medicinal use of secretions (“the frog vaccine”) from the kambô frog (Phyllomedusa bicolor) by non-indigenous peoples in Rondônia, Brazil

Paulo Sérgio Bernarde; Rosimeyri Aparecida Santos;
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  • Published: 01 Sep 2009 Journal: Biotemas (issn: 0103-1643, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
Abstract
Amphibians have pharmaceutically active skin secretions that protect against infections and predation. Some indigenous people in southwestern Amazonia use these secretions from P. bicolor for medicinal purposes. While the use of these secretions by indigenous people is relatively well-known, the use by non-indigenous peoples is very poorly studied. Here we describe the use of the “frog vaccine” by non-indigenous populations in the Brazilian state of Rondônia. Thirty-one people who had received this “vaccine” were interviewed. The use of this vaccine is not typical or habitual in this region, and the person who administers the vaccine must travel from another par...
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free text keywords: ethnozoology, ethnopharmacology, Phyllomedusa bicolor, traditional medicine, zootherapy, Science, Q, Biology (General), QH301-705.5
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