Therapeutic proposal of Solanum marginatum L.: A comparative analysis with Solanum torvum
Ruvalcaba Ledezma Jesús Carlos, Chávez González Nallely, Ruvalcaba Cobián Jesús Carlos, Ramírez Hernández Blanca Catalina, Cuevas Figueroa Xochitl Marisol, Imbert Palafox José Luis, Molina Trinidad Eva María
Aim: To describe the therapeutic usefulness of S. marginatum by analyzing the speech of inhabitants of Nopala de Villagran, Hidalgo, Mexico in regards to their perception and experience when using it as a treatment against cancer and other diseases. Material and Methods: An ethno methodological qualitative study was carried out by conducting a discourse analysis about the use that people give to the S. marginatum plant, along with a comparative analysis against the species S. torvum. Results: People who participated in this study provided their empirical knowledge and pointed out in their speech that this plant possesses pharmacological activity against cancer. The comparative analysis shows the same active ingredients against cancer, although the effects of S. marginatum have not been studied yet. Conclusions: The empirical knowledge expressed by users of tea made from this plant and those of similar composition known as S. torvum and S. marginatum with respect to their active principles make it necessary to carry out scientific research projects towards S. marginatum in order to verify its therapeutic anti-carcinogenic impact from scientific knowledge, since both species have in their composition solasodine and solasonine.