Ayurvedic Herbs / Thai Herbs - Medicinal Plants - F
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.
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.
Ayurveda Herbs - Thai Herbs
- Fan xia ye
- Fan xie ye
- Fang Feng
- Father of
All Foods (Al-fal-fa)
- Felon herb
- Fever root
- Field balm
- Field hop
- Fir balsam
- Fir pine
Leafed Chaste Tree
- Flux root
- Food of
- Fu hai shi
- Fu ling
- Fu ling pi
- Fu shen
very large tree, with spreading branches. The stembark contains
▀-sitosterol, a-D-glucose and meso- inositol. The leaves contain
petunidin di-glycoside and quercentin 3-galactoside. The fruits
contain cyanidin rhamnoglycoside and polysaccharides.
Various parts of the plant are considered
medicinal. The milky juice is externally applied for pains and
bruises and as an anodyne in rheumatism and lumbago. It is also
used as a remedy for toothache. The leaves are heated and
applied as poultice to abscesses. The bark is tonic, astringent
and cooling. The seeds are also considered as cooling and tonic.
stout, glabrous, aromatic herb with small, yellow flowers and
The fruits are aromatic, stimulant and
carminative. They are official in the pharmacopoeias of all
countries and are considered useful in diseases of the chest,
spleen and kidney. The main constituent of the oil from the
fruits is anethole. Other constituents are d-a-fenchone, methyl
chavicol, d -apinene, camphene, d -a-phellandrene, dipentene and
foeniculin (p -anol prenyl ether); basic constituents,
anisaldehyde and anisic acid, are also reported to be present.
Fennel oil is mildly carminative and is useful in
infantile colic and flatulence. It relieves griping abdominal
pain and distention. The essential oil from the seeds is
reported to have emmenogogue, oxytocic and abortifacient
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