Traditional use of medicinal plants in the boreal forest of Canada

Abstract

Background

The boreal forest of Canada is home to several hundred thousands Aboriginal people who have been using medicinal plants in traditional health care systems for thousands of years. This knowledge, transmitted by oral tradition from generation to generation, has been eroding in recent decades due to rapid cultural change. Until now, published reviews about traditional uses of medicinal plants in boreal Canada have focused either on particular Aboriginal groups or on restricted regions. Here, we present a review of traditional uses of medicinal plants by the Aboriginal people of the entire Canadian boreal forest in order to provide comprehensive documentation, identify research gaps, and suggest perspectives for future research. [Website quote]

Traditional use of medicinal plants in the boreal forest of Canada. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 2012, 8:7  https://doi.org/10.1186/1746-4269-8-7

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