Zapotec and Mixe use of Tropical Habitats for securing medicinal plants in MéXico

Frei, B., Sticher, O. and Heinrich, M. (2000) Zapotec and Mixe use of Tropical Habitats for securing medicinal plants in MéXico. Economic Botany, 54 (1). pp. 73-81. 10.1007/BF02866601 .

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Medicinal plants are essential in the medical systems of the Mixe and Zapotec. In this study ethno-ecological strategies, employed by the two neighboring Indian groups in Mexico, for obtaining medicinal plants are analyzed. The indigenous classification of the environment is notably different from the Western one and distinguishes six dissimilar principal “zones” or land use types. Most ethnomedically important species are cultivated in the “house garden” or gathered in the community or its immediate surroundings. The house garden, for example, contributes 31.8% and 26.2% of all medical taxa for the Mixe and Zapotec, respectively. These ethnobotanical data on the indigenous uses indicate that anthropogenic types of vegetation yield the largest percentage of medicinal taxa.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Mixe - Zapotec - Isthmus of Tehuantepec (Oaxaca, Mexico) - medical ethnobotany - traditional medicine - anthropogenic vegetation - land use types - house gardens
Departments, units and centres:Department of Pharmaceutical and Biological Chemistry > Centre for Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy
ID Code:1892
Journal or Publication Title:Economic Botany
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