Ethnomedicinal Analysis of Toxic Plants from Five Ethnic Groups in China

dc.contributor.author Huyin Huai en_US
dc.contributor.author Qinqin Dong en_US
dc.contributor.author Aizhong Liu en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-27T21:57:38Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-27T21:57:38Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_US
dc.description research en_US
dc.description.abstract Toxic plants are important elements of ethnomedicine. Ethnomedicinal knowledge on toxic plants recorded from five indigenous people, Dai, Lahu, Miao, Tujia, and Wa in south and southwestern China, was summarized and analyzed based on available literature. A formula has been developed to evaluate toxic plants in the ethnomedicine of different ethnic groups using the Average Use Values (AUVs) of them. In total, 118 toxic plants often used as ethnomedicines were found from the five ethnic groups. These toxic plants were mainly distributed in 21 families, i.e., 75.4% of species and 68.1% of genera were concentrated in the 21 families. Araceae, Asteraceae, Euphorbiaceae, and Fabaceae are 4 important families which contain rich toxic plants. Eleven toxic plants were thought to be deadly toxic. These toxic plants were often used medicinally to treat injuries from falls, broken bones, and skin problems. Most toxic plants were medicinally used for multiple purposes in the five ethnic groups. The medicinal role of toxic plants was ascertained by comparing the AUVs or UVs in these ethnomedicines. The culture and the resources available were two main factors affecting ethnic healers selecting and using toxic plants. en_US
dc.identifier.citation Huyin Huai, Qinqin Dong, Aizhong Liu. 2010. Ethnomedicinal analysis of toxic plants from five ethnic groups in China. Ethnobotany Res Appl 8:169-179. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1547-3465 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/21007
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher University of Hawaii at Manoa en_US
dc.title Ethnomedicinal Analysis of Toxic Plants from Five Ethnic Groups in China en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US
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