Economic Botany

, Volume 58, Supplement 1, pp S265–S273 | Cite as

Plants used medicinally by folk healers of the Lahu people from the autonomous county of Jinping Miao, Yao, and Dai in Southwest China

  • Hu-Yin Huai
  • Sheng-Ji Pei
Special Section on Medicinal Plants

Abstract

The Kucong, a branch of Lahu and an indigenous ethnic group living in Jinping County, Yunnan Province, China, have a very short history of settled village life (about 40 years). According to the data of ethnobotanical investigation, 118 species of medicinal plants belonging to 57 families and 98 genera used by Lahu healers have been inventoried. The characteristics of medicinal plants coming from a great number of families and genera relate to the traditional life-style of the Lahu. The more common the diseases are, the more abundant the related medicinal knowledge is. The most frequently used parts of medicinal plants are the leaf (35.22%) and root (32.08%). The disappearance of environments related to the traditional life-style of the Lahu threatens the existence of their traditional medicinal knowledge, similar to threats facing many other traditional medicines. Collection and inventory should be essential research fields in studies of traditional medicine.

Key Words

China ethnobotany healers inventory Jinping medicinal plants Lahu traditional medicine 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hu-Yin Huai
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sheng-Ji Pei
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Ethnobotany, Kunming Institute of Botanythe Chinese Academy of SciencesKunming, Yunnan ProvinceP.R. China
  2. 2.College of Biology & BiotechnologyYangzhou UniversityYangzhou, Jiangsu ProvinceP.R.

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