Supply and Consumption Methods of Medicinal Plants in Mazar-e-Sharif City, Afghanistan


Sayed Esmail Emran
Sayed Abull Hassan Hosainy
Shah Mahmood Faqiri


Background: Balkh province is located in the northern part of Afghanistan, which is rich in medicine plant diversity. The large number of medicinal plant shops (Attari) in the center of Mazar-e-Sharif city indicates that the citizens of Balkh province are familiar with medicinal plants and their uses. In this study, an attempt has been made to investigate the socioeconomic characteristics, medicinal plant distribution patterns, consumption methods, and types of medicinal plants in the Mazar-e-Sharif city Attaris.
Materials and Methods: The study focused on 102 Attaris in the research area, research factors such as the age of medicinal plant sellers, monthly income, education level, marital status, number of people working in Attaris, and work experience of Attaris were studied.
Findings: The results revealed that the average age of people in Attaris is 49 years with a work experience of about 15 years, and only 3% have an education related to medicinal plants. About 20 % of medicinal plant sellers had a university education but not related to medicinal plants science, about 17 % had a diploma, 30 % had a high school education and the remaining 12 % had primary education. Unbelievably, about 50 % of consumers were rich people and the remaining 50 % of the clients were low-income. People visited Attari's to heal their digestive system disorders are the most common health issues, followed by issues with the kidneys, bladder, and urinary system, respiratory conditions, skin and wound issues, hypertension and cardiovascular conditions, liver issues, diabetes, typhoid, pain, helminthiasis, anorexia, gynecological complaints, sexual dysfunction, weakness, fever, and obesity. Lemon balm, Common jujube, Starflower, Black pepper, Cumin, and Turmeric were the high-selling medicinal plants offered in Mazar-e-Sharif Attaris'.
Conclusion: A large number of medicinal plant shops (Attaris) in the center of Mazar-e-Sharif city indicates that the citizens of Balkh province are familiar with medicinal plants and their uses. However, unfavorable economic situation of some people who referred Attaris showed that the existence of traditional medicine systems (Attaris) is considered to be one of the urgent needs of the Mazar-e-Sharif.


Medicinal plant, Mazar-e-Sharif, Poverty, Traditional medicine, Side effects, Attari


How to Cite
Emran, S. E., Hosainy, S. A. H., & Faqiri, S. M. (2023). Supply and Consumption Methods of Medicinal Plants in Mazar-e-Sharif City, Afghanistan. NUIJB, 2(02), 61–70. Retrieved from


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