Traditional use of medicinal plants in the boreal forest of Canada: review and perspectives

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.

Additional file 1:

Medicinal plants used by the Aboriginal people of boreal Canada. Plants are sorted by scientific name. For each plant, family name, growth habit, vernacular name(s), part(s) used, use(s), and reference(s) are provided.

The main file, link below to the original on ncbi.nlm.nih (national library of medicine aka pubmed) study, is full of big data type info not as useful to me, though some interesting broad perspectives. The two “Additional files” at the bottom are Additional file 1 sorted and listed by plant scientific name and Additional file 2 sorted and listed by uses. #2 I found to be not so useful, and #1 by scientific name I found to be very useful, listing various names and ways used by different identified groups or tribes. If you do not know the scientific name you can use find in your word processor software. Although it may not be 100% because for example there is no “rat root” for Acorus calamus or Acorus Americanus! Even though it is only about 1 M size my own computer sometimes chokes on this file.  I saved a copy in rtf in case that is easier to navigate.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3316145/

 

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