Exploring the Ethnobotanical Significance of „Symphytum officinale“ L. in the Pirot District / Истраживање етноботаничког значаја „Symphytum officinale“ L. у Пиротском округу 

Етноботаника 3 (2023), стр. 133-149

АУТОР(И): Slobodan А. Ćirić, Marija S. Marković, Jelena S. Nikolić, Violeta D. Mitić, Marija V. Dimitrijević, Jovana D. Ickovski, Vesna P. Stankov Jovanović

Е-АДРЕСА: slobodan.ciric@pmf.edu.rs

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DOI: 10.46793/EtnBot23.133C


Symphytum officinale L., commonly known as comfrey, is a plant of notable ethnobotanical significance with deep-rooted traditional uses in the Pirot District. This study aims to unravel the cultural, medicinal, and ecological roles of S. officinale within this specific region using a combination of ethnobotanical surveys and environmental observations. The findings revealed a spectrum of traditional uses for S. officinale in local communities. The plant has been employed for its reputed wound-healing, anti-inflammatory, and bone-strengthening properties, reflecting its historical integration into folk medicine practices. Through interviews with local inhabitants, this study documents the vernacular names, preparation methods, and administration routes of S. officinale-based remedies, contributing to preserving traditional knowledge. The presence of potentially bioactive compounds supports its traditional uses and motivates further scientific inquiry into its pharmacological potential. The ethnobotanical examination of S. officinale in the Pirot District presents a comprehensive aspect of this plant’s roles in local culture, healthcare, and ecology. The results from this investigation serve as proof of the inseparable relationship between plants and people, underlining the need for sustainable conservation efforts to preserve both traditional knowledge and valuable botanical resources.


Symphytum officinale L., comfrey, ethnobotany, Pirot District, medicinal plants


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