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Economic Botany: Ethnobotany

Carlson, Kitrina [1], Luke, Christina [1], koenig, Brooke [2], Abler, Rebecca [3].

Evaluation of Medicinal Plants Used by the Hmong People of Wisconsin.

Investigation of how specific cultures use plants for medicine has been critical to the development of many important pharmaceutical products. The Hmong culture has a long tradition of using plants for medicine. Many Hmong people moved to Wisconsin within the past two decades and still maintain traditional uses of plants for medicine. The objective of this work was to develop a Hmong medicinal plant database that catalogues which plants are used, how they are used, why they are used, and which bioactive plant compounds have been identified in the plants. A multigenerational survey of Wisconsin Hmong is currently being conducted to gather this data. Survey analysis indicates that the younger Hmong population does not typically use traditional Hmong medicines, suggesting that the database will serve not only as an important resource for identification of potential sources of medicine, but also as an important record of traditional Hmong culture. Plants reported as being used for medicinal purposes have been screened for various bioactive compounds with a specific focus on plant alkaloids. A rapid alkaloid detection protocol has been developed and is being used as a fast screening tool for plant samples. Plants are then analyzed using Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectroscopy (GC/MS), where the various plant components are identified. Several Hmong plants and their compounds have already been analyzed using GC/MS and the results of this plant compound screen will be presented.

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1 - University of Wisconsin Stout, Biology, 203C Jarvis Hall, Menomonie, WI, 54751, USA
2 - University of Wisconsin Manitowoc, Biology, Manitowoc, WI, 54220, USA
3 - University of Wisconsin Manitowoc, Manitowoc, WI, 54220, USA

medicinal plants

Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Topics
Session: P
Location: Ball Room & Party Room/SUB
Date: Monday, July 28th, 2008
Time: 12:30 PM
Number: PET001
Abstract ID:59

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