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Table 1 Major ailment categories and taxa reported.

From: Traditional use of medicinal plants in the boreal forest of Canada: review and perspectives

Ailment category Number of taxa* Number of use reports
Blood system 39 17
Circulatory system 53 16
Cold, cough and sore throat 130 19
Dermatological 100 40
Diabetes 42 7
Ear 20 17
Fainting and fits 18 9
Fever 62 22
Gastro-intestinal system 214 26
General 89 26
Gynaecological 85 20
Haemorrhages 38 19
Hair 14 7
Headache 69 28
Injuries 119 36
Mental 18 9
Metabolic system 20 11
Musculoskeletal system 134 34
Nervous system 31 12
Nutritional 70 24
Odontological 44 23
Ophthalmological 57 27
Poisoning 41 16
Pregnancy/Birth/Puerperium 83 22
Respiratory system 118 32
Sexual dysfunction 3 2
Urinary system 109 33
Venereal 28 14
  1. *Most taxa were reported in more than one ailment category (see Additional file 1).