This guide is the result of an ethnobotanical survey carried out for the Gibbon Experience project in the Nam Kan National Park, Northern Laos, by Jean-Marc Dubost, ethnobotanist.
The park constitutes a very unique area, both in terms of its ecosystems –sheltering some of the most ancient Lao forest- and cultural diversity.
The reader will discover here medicinal plants used by three ethnic groups living on the park. They are used in many ways, to maintain general health and to treat a wide range of health disorders.
Each plant is briefly presented and illustrated, then followed by its vernacular names and a description of its medicinal applications in the different groups using it, giving an insight into the great diversity of their cultures.