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Table 2 Medicinal plant tastes and medicinal applications (cited by more than five traditional healers)

From: Ethnomedicinal plants used by traditional healers in Phatthalung Province, Peninsular Thailand

Groups of ailment Ailment Aromatic Astringent Bitter Bland Hot Nauseating Sour Sweet Fat Total
Gastrointestinal system flatulence 11     4      15
(34 species) canker     1       1
  peptic ulcer   1    1      2
  intestinal infections   1 1    1     3
  laxative, constipation    2   1 2 2 1   8
  hemorrhoids       2     2
  expel worms       1     1
  toothache 1     1      2
Respiratory system (6 species) eliminate sputum, cough, sore throat    2     3 1   6
Fever, malaria (19 species)     12 6      1 19
Skin conditions eczema, scabies, abscess   2     6     8
(12 species) animal bites, itching     2       2
  skin swelling, burns    1 1       2
  stop bleeding       1     1
Female problems (5 species) women’s diseases     1 2 1    1 5
Antidote (2 species)      2       2
Musculoskeletal system (8 species)    1   3 1 2    1 8
Nephrological system (4 species) diuretic     4       4
The heart and circulatory system dizziness, tonifies heart 3          3
(3 species)            
Miscellaneous (4 species) improve body elements 1     2     1 4
  total 16 5 18 20 12 16 5 2 4 98