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Assessment of the importance of medicinal plants among communities around Khiat Ngong of Southern Laos


Bethany G. Elkington1*, Phaivanh Phiapalath2,3, Kongmany Sydara4, Vongtakoune Somsamouth4,

Nichole I. Goodsmith5 and D. Doel Soejarto1,6

1Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL 60612, USA

2Wildlife Conservation Association (WCA), Vientiane, Lao PDR

3International Union for Conservation of Nature, Vientiane, Lao PDR

4Institute of Traditional Medicine, Vientiane, Lao PDR

5Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Weill Cornell Medical College, NY 10065, USA

6Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL 60605, USA

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Publication Data

Paper received:

01 August 2012


Revised received:

02 May 2013



05 December 2013



A field survey was launched to identify medicinal plants growing in the Khiat Ngong wetlands and surrounding forested areas of Pathoumphone District, Champasak Province in southern Laos. In this area, 418 plants representing approximately 250 species, belonging to at least 200 genera in 93 families of vascular plants, are used by traditional healers to treat more than 95 symptoms. A large number of species are used for treating fever. At least 14 plant species have not been previously reported for having medicinal properties. At least 10 have previously been investigated and have shown interesting biological activity by other researchers, signaling promising candidates for income-generating activities.


 Key words

Conservation, Lao PDR, Medical Ethnobotany, Wetlands 



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