Ayurveda Herbs - Medicinal Plants
There are numerous medicinal plants in current use in Thailand.
Ayurvedic medicine and Thai traditional
medicine, each finding many uses and deserving to be exhibited to the
enthusiasts who wish to know about the characteristics of its stem, flower,
fruit together with the research work undertaken, it is impossible to
exhibit all, or even the majority, of them. For this reason some common
medicinal plants which received research attention both locally and
internationally have been selected. In addition, some which
have so far attracted little attention from researchers have also been included owing to their recognition in
Ayurvedic Medicine and traditional medicine in Thailand
as well as some Asian countries.
The information has been
searched from the literature, selected and edited in order to be presented in
this site, which will familiarize the reader with general characters of such plants. No botanical details are given
owing to the nature of this
work and also to limited space. Sketches of the plants, however, are
given to enable the reader to recognize them. It should be noted that
all Thai, Sanskrit, Latin and English common names of the plants
appearing in this site are transliterated into English with the sound in
mind, and not according to the official rules. In addition, owing to
the limited space the traditional
usage of each plant is meant to be representative, and by no means comprehensive.
is interesting to note that out of 5,800 plants species indigenous to Thailand,
1,900 species have already been studied. In the period 1967-81, over 177,000 publications of research work on
these plants in the fields of
chemistry, pharmacology, toxicology and others appeared in the Chemical
Abstracts. Over 800 species are described in Thai traditional recipe and about 400 species are available in traditional
drug stores. It can be said that the medicinal plants presented herein
represent a fair number of their kind.
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