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Ethnobotanical Information (Use of Plants by Indigenous Peoples)

For those who seek a fuller understanding of the biological, environmental and ethnic roots of medicine and healing substances as they occur in nature, here is an entryway into a world of unending fascination. While much of the content here is academic in orientation, the rain forest, primeval woods and world of indigenous peoples beckon just another click beyond the database entries. Spend time here and soon you'll understand what motivates more and more people to seek dietary supplements and medicinal remedies in their natural form.

American Indian Ethnobotany Database
www.umd.umich.edu/cgi-bin/herb

This is an enlarged version of the original Medicinal Plants of Native America DataBase.  It now includes foods, drugs, dyes, fibers and other uses of 4,029 plants.  This database can be searched with text strings and Booleans (AND, OR, NOT).

Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases, U.S. Agricultural Research Service
www.ars-grin.gov/duke

This database allows a variety of searches by specific plant, chemical, biochemical activity, or ethnobotanical use.  Information on toxicity (lethal dose levels) is available.  Searching for a specific plant returns a listing of all chemical compounds in that plant together with a list of references concerning those chemicals and their biological actions in the body.  Searching by ethnobotanical use gives a listing of the various ways that Native Americans have used a specific plant.

Tico Ethnobotanical Dictionary
www.ars-grin.gov/duke/dictionary/tico

This dictionary contains alphabetically arranged listings of both plants and medical conditions.  The medical conditions include a summary of the plants used to treat them by indigenous peoples.

 

   
 

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