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Medicinal plants and food medicines in the folk traditions of the upper Lucca Province, Italy.
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PMID:  10837988     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
An ethnopharmacobotanical survey of the medicinal plants and food medicines of the northern part of Lucca Province, north-west Tuscany, central Italy, was carried out. The geographical isolation of this area has permitted the survival of a rich folk phytotherapy involving medicinal herbs and also vegetable resources used by locals as food medicine. Among these are the uncommon use of Ballota nigra leaves as a trophic protective; the use of Lilium candidum bulbs as an antiviral to treat shingles (Herpes zoster); Parmelia sp. as a cholagogue; Crocus napolitanus flowers as antiseptic; Prunus laurocerasus drupes as a hypotensive; and the consumption of chestnut flour polenta cooked with new wine as bechic. Many wild gathered greens are eaten raw in salads, or in boiled mixtures, as 'blood cleansing' and 'intestine cleansing' agents. Of particular interest is the persistence of the archaic use of Bryonia dioica root against sciatica, and the use of ritual plant therapeuticals as good omens, or against the 'evil eye.' Over 120 species represent the heritage of the local folk pharmacopoeia in upper Garfagnana. Anthropological and ethnopharmacological considerations of the collected data are also discussed.
A Pieroni
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of ethnopharmacology     Volume:  70     ISSN:  0378-8741     ISO Abbreviation:  J Ethnopharmacol     Publication Date:  2000 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-07-18     Completed Date:  2000-07-18     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7903310     Medline TA:  J Ethnopharmacol     Country:  IRELAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  235-73     Citation Subset:  IM    
Dipartimento di Scienza del Suolo e Nutrizione della Pianta, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Piazzale delle Cascine, 28, I-50144, Florence, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Data Collection
Food Analysis*
Medicine, Traditional*
Plants, Medicinal / chemistry*

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