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Medicinal Plants of Northern Thailand for the Treatment of Cognitive Impairment in the Elderly

New data on medicinal plants for cognitive impairment
Covers traditional Thai medicine
Written by a leading scholar in this discipline

Series: Springerbriefs in Plant Science

By: Lisa Offringa (Author)

100 pages, 13 colour & 7 b/w illustrations, 4 tables


Paperback | Jan 2015 | #217474 | ISBN-13: 9783319102405
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About this book

Medicinal Plants of Northern Thailand for the Treatment of Cognitive Impairment in the Elderly provides a description of cognitive impairment in the elderly population through the lens of Thai Traditional Medicine as it is practiced in northern Thailand. It provides an overview of Thai Traditional Medicine and the memory loss presented in elderly dementia. Some medicinal plants used by traditional Thai healers to treat cognitive decline and memory issues in the elderly are reviewed. Medicinal Plants of Northern Thailand for the Treatment of Cognitive Impairment in the Elderly provides readers with the detailed description of the in vitro screening of ten plants and those results. The bioactivity of these single plants exemplifies the success of using an ethnobotanical filter to identify plants with cognitive enhancing activity.


Chapter 1 - Introduction                                                                          



History of Thai Traditional Medicine

The Record of Medical Ethnobotany in Thailand

Theoretical Context

Cognitive Impairment and Dementia

Prevalence and Conventional Treatment of Dementia in Thailand

Natural and Cultural History of the Study Site                                    


Chiang Mai and the Lanna Kingdom

Khon Muang




Chapter 2 - Fieldwork Methodology                                               


Selection of Traditional Folk Healers for Interviews                    

Types of Healers in Thai Traditional Medicine

Selection of Participating Healers

Description of the Interviewed Traditional Thai Healers

Methods for Data Gathering                                                                                             

Interview Protocol

Interview Questionnaire and Development

Plant Identification and Voucher Collection

Ethics of Ethnobotanical Research                                                                 

The Protection of Biological Resources and Traditional Knowledge

Protection of Biocultural Diversity in Thailand

Dissertation Project Ethics

Challenges of Fieldwork                                                                                         

Data Collection and Analysis                                                                                   



Chapter 3 - Thai Traditional Medicinal Theory and Cognitive Decline                                                                    

Theory of Thai Traditional Medicine                                                       

Spirituality in Thai Traditional Medicine                                            

Plant Use in Thai Traditional Medicine                                                   

Groups of plants used in Thai Traditional Medicine                                        

Medicinal Plant Management and Plant Harvesting




Chapter 4 - The Medical Ethnobotany of Treating Cognitive Impairment in the Elderly of Northern Thailand                                                                                          




Formulas Relating to Longevity or Strength in Old Age

Culturally Specific Diseases

Maha Sannibad

Lom Mar Reng Kroot


Plant Frequency in All Formulas

Formula Additions: Honey




Chapter 5 - Screening for Plants in Herbal Formulas from Traditional Doctors of Northern Thailand to Treat Cognitive Impairment                                                  


Interviews with Traditional Doctors

Plant Selection and Materials

Preparation of Extracts

In Vitro Experimental Protocol                                                                   

DPPH (1,1-diphenyl-2-picryhydrozyl) Free-Radical Scavenging Assay

Ferric Reducing Antioxidant Power (FRAP)

Total Phenolic Content (TPC) by the Folin-Ciocalteu Method


DPPH (1,1-diphenyl-2-picryhydrozyl) Free-Radical Scavenging Assay

Ferric Reducing Antioxidant Power (FRAP)

Total Phenolic Content (TPC) by the Folin-Ciocalteu Method

Discussion and Conclusion                                                                                



Chapter 6 - Validation of Thai Traditional Medical Knowledge by Scientific Investigation                               

Multi-plant herbal formula testing                                                       

DPPH (1,1-diphenyl-2-picryhydrozyl) Free-Radical Scavenging Assay

Ferric Reducing Antioxidant Power (FRAP)

Total Phenolic Content (TPC) by the Folin-Ciocalteu Method



Chapter 7 – Conclusion                                                              


Key Findings                                                                                                                 




Future Studies                                                                                                                        



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