• Rapeeporn Kantasrila -
  • Prateep Panyadee


Thai Yuan, Musculoskeletal pain, Lanna medicinal plants, Ethnobotany


Medicinal plants play an important role in healthcare systems worldwide, often serving as the primary treatment option for numerous ailments, including musculoskeletal system disorders (MSDs). With the global prevalence of MSDs on the rise, they contribute to an increased risk of other non-communicable diseases. This review aims to consolidate existing knowledge on medicinal plants used by Thai Yuan people in Thailand for treating MSDs and identify the most significant species using ethnobotanical indices. Data were collected from 13 studies conducted between 2001 and 2018, with the analysis focusing on Use Values (UV) and Informant Consensus Factor (ICF). A total of 138 species were identified from 311 use reports, with Acanthaceae emerging as the most dominant family. Leaves and stems constituted the most commonly utilized plant parts for medicinal purpose. Decoction and oral administration were the predominant preparation and routes of administration, respectively. Plantago major, Crinum asiaticum and Elephantopus scaber emerged as the most important species.


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Kantasrila, R., & Panyadee, P. (2023). TRADITIONAL THAI YUAN MEDICINAL PLANTS FOR MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS: A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW. PSRU Journal of Science and Technology, 8(2), 70–92. Retrieved from