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Medicinal efficacy of plants utilized as temple food in traditional Korean Buddhism.
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PMID:  16216457     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We investigated the medicinal efficacies of plants used as food in 27 Korean Buddhist temples from 1997 to 2002. We studied 161 species of plants belonging to 135 genera in 65 families. Twenty-one plant parts were utilized as food in 42 different preparations. Approximately 82% of the plants studied had medicinal effects, with a wide range of efficacies (126 types). Of the medicinal plants, 52% were used for digestive problems, circulatory illnesses, and respiratory diseases. These results demonstrate that a high proportion of the food consumed in Korean temples is medicinal, and is used for a wide variety of diseases.
Hyun Kim; Mi-Jang Song; Daniel Potter
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2005-10-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of ethnopharmacology     Volume:  104     ISSN:  0378-8741     ISO Abbreviation:  J Ethnopharmacol     Publication Date:  2006 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-02-17     Completed Date:  2006-07-28     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7903310     Medline TA:  J Ethnopharmacol     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  32-46     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Natural Sciences, Jeonju University, 1200, 3-ga Hyoja-dong, Wansan-gu, Jeonju, Jeonbuk 560-759, Republic of Korea.
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MeSH Terms
Ethnopharmacology / classification,  methods
Food / classification*
Interviews as Topic
Korea / ethnology
Middle Aged
Plant Structures / classification
Plants, Edible / classification*
Plants, Medicinal / classification*

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