Zoopharmacognosy, the self-medication behavior of animals

  • Costa-Neto E
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Abstract

Animals can give good indications on new sources of medicines. Field researchers have observed different species of animals seeking and using substances in such a way as to enhance their own health. This behavior was called as animal self-medication, or zoopharmacognosy. This article presents a brief review on the subject and calls attention for future field studies, especially considering Brazilian faunistic diversity.

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  • 01
  • 2012
  • 61-72
  • ambiente
  • aracaju
  • chemical ecology
  • ethology
  • interfaces científicas -saúde e
  • n
  • out
  • p
  • pharmacology
  • v

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Authors

  • Eraldo Medeiros Costa-Neto

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