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Title: Oral traditional plant-based therapeutic applications for pain relief recorded in North Jeolla province, Korea
Authors: Kim, Hyun
Song, Mi-Jang
Keywords: Oral traditional knowledge;Pain relief;Fidelity level;Informant consensus factor;Korea
Issue Date: Oct-2013
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
IPC Code: Int. Cl.8: A61K36/00, A01G1/00, A01G17/00, A23L1/00, A23L1/221, A23L2/00, A23L2/02, A23F3/00, C12G3/00
Abstract: This study aims to investigate and announce orally transmitted traditional plant-based therapies for pain relief in North Jeolla Province, Korea. Data was collected with semi-structured questionnaires through the participatory rural appraisal method. This study reveals that overall 23 pain ailments have been treated with a total of 82 species of medicinal plants belonging to 74 genera in 45 families. This study also reports 313 different modes of plant-based therapeutic application of medicinal material. The informant consensus factor for pleurodynia, slipped disk and frozen shoulder is 1.00, the highest among 23 different pain ailments, followed by lumbago, chronic myofascial pain, melosalgia, sinews and joints pain, arthralgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc. Medicinal plants with 100% fidelity level and above three mentions among informants were 15 species. This study can help to preserve the traditional knowledge and local health traditions of North Jeolla Province amidst rapid industrialization and urbanization. The findings of this study warrant follow-up clinical research to determine the most effective traditional remedies towards development of herbal medicinal products for integration into the Korean healthcare system. These results will help to prepare the way for advanced research such as new medicines and new therapies that could be of help clinically.
Page(s): 573-584
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.12(4) [October 2013]

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