Food plants used during traditional wrestling in Kabyè land of Togo.

In the traditional sports like the fight, natural products from minerals, animals and plants are used to increase physical resistance and performance. For a better understanding of this practice, an ethnopharmacological survey was carried out in kabyè land, North of Togo, to identify current plants used as foods plants during traditional wrestling.


Ethnopharmacological data were collected through semi-structured method and personal interviewsin the Kabyè locality during traditional wrestling. At least, twelve villages were surveyed in the study.


Results indicated that 57 plants are widely used by local people as food plants generally during wrestling time. These plants are used traditionally for many others purposes.


We concluded that these plants may serve as sources for pharmacological investigations in physical performance improvement.


Pan Afr Med J. 2016 Feb 3;23:25. doi: 10.11604/pamj.2016.23.25.7719. eCollection 2016. Food plants used during traditional wrestling in Kabyè land of Togo. Kpatcha T1, Agbonon A1, Gbeassor M1. 1Laboratoire de Physiologie/Pharmacologie, Faculté des Sciences, Centre de Recherche et de Formation sur les Plantes Médicinales (CERFOPLAM), Université de Lomé BP 1515 Lomé, Togo.


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