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Chemical analysis of incense smokes used in Shaxi, Southwest China: a novel methodological approach in ethnobotany


Staub, P O; Schiestl, F P; Leonti, M; Weckerle, C S (2011). Chemical analysis of incense smokes used in Shaxi, Southwest China: a novel methodological approach in ethnobotany. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 138(1):212-218.

Abstract

The species used by the local people in Shaxi for incense differ clearly with respect to the chemical compounds of their smoke. Further, incense contains substances, which are of pharmacological interest and might support medicinal uses of smoke. Cedrol with its pleasant smell and sedative properties may be an important factor why specific plants are chosen as incense. Our findings support the idea that the effects of the use of incense as well as medicinal smoke depend on both, the cultural as well as the pharmacological context.

Abstract

The species used by the local people in Shaxi for incense differ clearly with respect to the chemical compounds of their smoke. Further, incense contains substances, which are of pharmacological interest and might support medicinal uses of smoke. Cedrol with its pleasant smell and sedative properties may be an important factor why specific plants are chosen as incense. Our findings support the idea that the effects of the use of incense as well as medicinal smoke depend on both, the cultural as well as the pharmacological context.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany
Dewey Decimal Classification:580 Plants (Botany)
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:22 Feb 2012 15:51
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:26
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0378-8741
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jep.2011.08.078
PubMed ID:21939750

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