Traditional medicine is used by a large segment of the population in Ethiopia. It is one of the most important ways of making livelihoods for those who have no other means of income and it is also the most important way of getting relief from various diseases.
The use of traditional medicine is increasing compared to the past because modern medicine has become very expensive and beyond the reach of most compatriots. The uncontrolled use of plants, particularly their roots, can easily lead to their destruction. Some of them may already be endangered. On the other hand research and development and in situ and ex situ conservation of most of these plants is rudimentary.