Evaluation of the anticonvulsant activity of Elytropappus rhinocerotis (L.f) Less
M.Pharm thesis, Discipline of Pharmacology, School of Pharmacy, University of the Western Cape. Epilepsy is a worldwide neurological disorder which is also prevalent in South Africa. Herbal medicines, besides orthodox medicines, have been used from time immemorial for the treatment of epilepsy even though, generally, there is want of scientific evidence to substantiate their effectiveness. People with epilepsy have used different types of plants and herbs now known as herbal therapies over thousands of years although no clinical benefit is implied by this term. Moreover, the use of traditional medicine to treat CNS disorders such as epilepsy in South Africa still lacks a lot of scientific data although a study that was conducted in the Western Cape Province of South Africa revealed that the people in the Bredasdorp community use Elytropappus rhinocerotis to treat convulsions.