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Yao herbal medicinal market during the Dragon Boat Festival in Jianghua County, China
Luo,Binsheng1,2; Liu,Yujing3; Liu,Bo1,2; Liu,Sizhao1,2; Zhang,Beixi1,2; Zhang,Linghan1,2; Lin,Chunrui4; Liu,Yan4; Kennelly,Edward J.2,5; Guo,Zhiyong1,2; Long,Chunlin1,2,6
Source PublicationJournal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
AbstractAbstractBackgroundThe traditional medicinal markets held during the Dragon Boat Festival are common and important in China’s countryside. In Jianghua, a Yao autonomous county in Hunan Province in China, the medicinal market also plays an important role for the application, conservation, and communication of traditional Yao medicinal knowledge.MethodsDuring the Dragon Boat Festival in 2016 and 2017, ethnobotanical surveys and inventories were conducted in the medicinal market of Jianghua County, and voucher plant specimens were collected, identified, and deposited in a herbarium. Quantitative analysis included measurement of frequency of occurrence for species in the marketplace and the relative importance index for the number of uses for a given species.ResultsA total of 306 plant species (249 genera, 113 families) and their related information about the medicinal market were collected. Some major findings include the following: (1) Using the whole plant as medicine is more common than other medicinal plant parts; (2) treating rheumatism and clearing inner heat are the most frequent medicinal uses; and (3) taking a medicinal bath is the most frequent modality to administer the traditional medicine. The frequency of occurrence and the relative importance index of some medicinal plants were analyzed, as well as the demographics and the number of stalls and the status of traditional Yao medicinal knowledge in Jianghua. Based on the investigation, suggestions were proposed for better protecting the medicinal market and preserving traditional medicinal knowledge in Jianghua County.ConclusionThe medicinal market during the Dragon Boat Festival in Jianghua County possesses an important cultural value and helps to conserve the traditional Yao medicinal knowledge. The medicinal plants sold at the market showed great diversity and unique local characteristics. The medicinal market is facing some challenges in such a rapidly developing era. Cultivation of young healers and maintaining the local biodiversity might be the key solutions for the development of local medicinal market and local Yao medicinal knowledge.
KeywordDragon Boat Festival Yao ethnic group Jianghua County Traditional knowledge Conservation
WOS IDBMC:10.1186/s13002-018-0260-5
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Corresponding AuthorLong,Chunlin
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Luo,Binsheng,Liu,Yujing,Liu,Bo,et al. Yao herbal medicinal market during the Dragon Boat Festival in Jianghua County, China[J]. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine,2018,14(1).
APA Luo,Binsheng.,Liu,Yujing.,Liu,Bo.,Liu,Sizhao.,Zhang,Beixi.,...&Long,Chunlin.(2018).Yao herbal medicinal market during the Dragon Boat Festival in Jianghua County, China.Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine,14(1).
MLA Luo,Binsheng,et al."Yao herbal medicinal market during the Dragon Boat Festival in Jianghua County, China".Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 14.1(2018).
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