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“Horchata” drink in Southern Ecuador: medicinal plants and people’s wellbeing

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, March 2017
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • One of the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#10 of 737)
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Title
“Horchata” drink in Southern Ecuador: medicinal plants and people’s wellbeing
Published in
Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, March 2017
DOI 10.1186/s13002-017-0145-z
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Authors

Montserrat Rios, Fani Tinitana, Pablo Jarrín-V, Natalia Donoso, Juan Carlos Romero-Benavides

Abstract

The "horchata" is a herbal mixture infusion consumed in Southern Ecuador. It remains unknown how vendors group the plant species to sell them at traditional markets. This research documented the following: 1) a list of medicinal plant species sold for the drink; 2) the culturally important medicinal plant species; 3) the agreement among vendors regarding the medicinal plants species and their therapeutic use; and 4) the groups of medicinal plants sold for the preparation of "horchata." Interviews were made to 185 vendors at 31 traditional markets in Loja province. Bunches of medicinal plants were purchased to identify the species and to prepare voucher specimens. Culturally important medicinal plants species were established with the Fidelity Level (FL) index. Agreement among vendors on the therapeutic use of medicinal plants was measured with the Factor of Informant Consensus (FIC) index. A cluster analysis was made to determine the groups of medicinal plants sold by market vendors to prepare the "horchata" drink. In Loja province, the "horchata" drink is consumed for its therapeutic uses. This study registered 33 families with 58 genera and 71 medicinal plant species, 50 of which are herbs and three are endemic to the Andean highlands of Ecuador. The FL index (46.1-96.3) determined 20 culturally important medicinal plant species. The highest FIC value (1.00) among vendors corresponds to four plant species employed each for a different therapeutic use. The cluster analysis identified a core group of 16 plant species which are essential to the drink and which likely interact to provide wellbeing. The "horchata" is a heritage drink in Loja province. The 71 medicinal plants species registered for this drink is the largest number reported to date, and they have a total of 32 therapeutic uses. The combined results of the FL and FIC indices, the cluster analysis, and the field observations reveal an agreement among vendors on 16 medicinal plant species and their therapeutic use. This core group of plants requires bioactivity and bioassays analyses to determine biomedicine benefits that would be based on their pharmacological properties.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 127 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 20 16%
Researcher 16 13%
Other 10 8%
Student > Ph. D. Student 10 8%
Student > Master 10 8%
Other 29 23%
Unknown 32 25%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 29 23%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 14 11%
Chemistry 8 6%
Engineering 8 6%
Medicine and Dentistry 6 5%
Other 25 20%
Unknown 37 29%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 51. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 10 January 2023.
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#2
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