Quantitative Ethnobotanical Study of Medicinal Plants Used by Karen People of Wah-Theinkha village in Kawmhu Township, Myanmar

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Zarli Mya
Aye Aye Mu
Zin Mar Myint
Thanda Aye
Soe Soe Aung
Peangjai Jianwitchayakul


The objective of this study was to document on ethnomedicinal plants, which was collected from the Karen indigenous people of Wah-Theinkha village in Kawhmu Township. The information was obtained through open-ended, semi-structured interviewed. This study was able to identify 43 medicinal plant taxa in 29 families used in 17 categories of diseases. Plants with the highest recorded UVs were Vitex trifolia L. (0.88) and Ageratum conyziodes (L.) L. (0.86). The lowest number of UV (0.18) was Talinum paniculatum (Jacq.) Gaertn. The highest ICF value (1.00) was cited for Category 7 (diseases of the eye aliments). Stachytarpheta jamaicensisis (L.) Vahl used to antidote which showed the highest fidelity level (92%). The knowledge of using medicinal plants was significantly different based on the village location, informant educational status, gender and age. The result showed that the application of traditional medicinal plants on ailments is still widespread in the study area. Documentation of new ethnomedicinal species with their therapeutic uses will be promoted further phytochemical and pharmacological investigations and possibly lead to the development of new drugs.

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Mya, Z., Mu, A. A. ., Myint, Z. M. ., Aye, T. ., Aung, S. S. ., & Jianwitchayakul, P. (2021). Quantitative Ethnobotanical Study of Medicinal Plants Used by Karen People of Wah-Theinkha village in Kawmhu Township, Myanmar. Interdisciplinary Research Review, 16(1), 18–22. Retrieved from https://ph02.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/jtir/article/view/240275
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