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The medicinal plant information posted on this website is a subset of information held by the Institute of Traditional Medicine (ITM), Ministry of Health, Lao PDR, Vientiane. These data have been acquired through field interviews with Lao healers and community members in areas surrounding Medicinal Plant Preserves (MPPs) and Medicinal Biodiversity Preserves (MBPs). Research protocols for the interviews were performed under the approval of the Lao PDR's National Ethics Committee for Health Research (NECHR), Ministry of Health, Vientiane, and of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), USA. The ITM, Field Museum of Natural History (FMNH), and UIC are the sole proprietors and the holders of the Intellectual Property Rights of this information. Anyone who wishes to use this information for potential commercial use and development must obtain permission from the Director of the ITM and mpol_contacts@fieldmuseum.org.

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This record [website] contains information about communities’ traditional and historical uses of plants for medicinal purposes; this information is provided for scholarly and educational use only. Neither the Field Museum nor any other contributor makes any representation about the efficacy of such use for any medical condition. Do not use this information as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional with regard to any question you may have about your health or treatment for a medical condition.

Data Usage

This site has been designed for individual researchers. If you have a need for a large amount of data from this site that would entail automated extractions, we request that you contact us with your objectives. We may be able to provide the data in a way that will not disrupt the use of this site for others.

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MPoL (2020). Medicinal Plants of Laos. Facilitated by the University of Illinois at Chicago. Published on the internet; https://sites.google.com/uic.edu/mpol/ Retrieved [accession month day, year]

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