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Henrik Balslev

New categories for traditional medicine in the Economic Botany Data Collection Standard

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  • Marta Gruca, Denmark
  • Rodrigo Cámara-Leret, Departamento de Biología, Área de Botánica, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Calle Darwin 2, ES- 28049 Madrid, Spain.
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  • Manuel J Macía, Departamento de Biología, Área de Botánica, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Calle Darwin 2, ES- 28049 Madrid, Spain.
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  • Henrik Balslev

The Economic Botany Data Collection Standard (EBDCS) has been successfully followed by ethnobotanists investigating plant uses in many parts of the world. However, we have encountered some cases in our study of traditional medicine where the standard seems incomplete and inaccurate when it is applied to plant uses of rural or indigenous societies in developing countries. We propose two categories to be added to the EBDCS: Cultural Diseases and Disorders, and Ritual/Magical Uses. Adding these categories, we believe will give a more accurate insight into traditional medicine and will contribute to developing an integrative ethnomedicinal data collection protocol, which will make ethnomedicinal studies more comparable.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Ethnopharmacology
Volume155
Issue2
Pages (from-to)1388–1392
Number of pages5
ISSN0378-8741
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2014

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