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Ethnobotanical survey of plant species for herbal tea in a Yao autonomous county (Jianghua, China): results of a 2-year study of traditional medicinal markets on the Dragon Boat Festival
Jin, Bing1; Liu, Yujing2; Xie, Jiaxi2; Luo, Binsheng4; Long, Chunlin3,4
2018-09-05
Source PublicationJOURNAL OF ETHNOBIOLOGY AND ETHNOMEDICINE
ISSN1746-4269
Volume14Pages:21
AbstractBackground: Herbal tea is widely consumed in Jianghua, a Yao autonomous county in Hunan Province, China, to prevent and treat diseases. The materials in herbal tea at the traditional medicinal markets at the Dragon Boat Festival remain unknown. The aims of the paper were (1) to specifically investigate the materials of herbal tea used by Yao nationalities in Hunan Province, (2) to record the most common and the culturally important medicinal plant species in the markets, and (3) to compare the medical plant tradition both used for herbal tea between the Jianghua and Lingnan regions. Methods: During 2016-2017, 215 vendors were interviewed at traditional medicinal markets at the Dragon Boat Festival in Jianghua to record plants used for herbal tea and to document traditional knowledge of their medicinal function, habitat, and conservation status. Bunches of medicinal plants were purchased to identify the species and to prepare voucher specimens. Cognitive salience (CS) based on free-lists and use value (UV) were calculated to analyze the cultural importance of medical plants; other quantitative methods (coefficient of similarity and chi-square analysis) were applied for comparison of herbal tea tradition between the Jianghua and Lingnan regions. Results: A total of 169 species belonging to 66 families and 142 genera were recorded in herbal tea to treat health conditions in the study area. There were 30 health conditions that were recorded, with heat-clearing and detoxifying being the most common medicinal function, followed by treating rheumatism and promoting blood circulation. Of the 169 species, 97 were herbs. The whole plant was the most commonly used plant part in the preparation of herbal tea. According to the national evaluation criteria, three of these species are listed on "China's red list" and registered as vulnerable (VU). By comparing the coefficient of similarity of herbal tea plants and the number of mentions for part(s) used in Jianghua and Lingnan, the medicinal plant tradition is different in two areas. Conclusions: Herbal tea in Jianghua reflects the cultural diversity of the Yao people and the plant diversity of the region. Future research on the safety, efficacy, and the adulterants of herbal tea are needed for sustainable utilization.
KeywordHerbal tea Ethnomedicine Yao people Dragon Boat Festival Quantitative methods
DOI10.1186/s13002-018-0257-0
Language英语
WOS Research AreaPharmacology & Pharmacy
WOS SubjectPharmacology & Pharmacy
WOS IDWOS:000444522000001
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.kib.ac.cn/handle/151853/62419
Collection资源植物与生物技术所级重点实验室
Corresponding AuthorLong, Chunlin
Affiliation1.Nanjing Agr Univ, Coll Sci, Nanjing 210095, Jiangsu, Peoples R China
2.Jiangsu Univ, Ecol Inst, Zhenjiang 212013, Peoples R China
3.Chinese Acad Sci, Kunming Inst Bot, Kunming 650201, Yunnan, Peoples R China
4.Minzu Univ China, Coll Life & Environm Sci, Beijing 100081, Peoples R China
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Jin, Bing,Liu, Yujing,Xie, Jiaxi,et al. Ethnobotanical survey of plant species for herbal tea in a Yao autonomous county (Jianghua, China): results of a 2-year study of traditional medicinal markets on the Dragon Boat Festival[J]. JOURNAL OF ETHNOBIOLOGY AND ETHNOMEDICINE,2018,14:21.
APA Jin, Bing,Liu, Yujing,Xie, Jiaxi,Luo, Binsheng,&Long, Chunlin.(2018).Ethnobotanical survey of plant species for herbal tea in a Yao autonomous county (Jianghua, China): results of a 2-year study of traditional medicinal markets on the Dragon Boat Festival.JOURNAL OF ETHNOBIOLOGY AND ETHNOMEDICINE,14,21.
MLA Jin, Bing,et al."Ethnobotanical survey of plant species for herbal tea in a Yao autonomous county (Jianghua, China): results of a 2-year study of traditional medicinal markets on the Dragon Boat Festival".JOURNAL OF ETHNOBIOLOGY AND ETHNOMEDICINE 14(2018):21.
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