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VIETHERB: A Database for Vietnamese Herbal Species

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posted on 08.11.2018 by Thanh-Hoang Nguyen-Vo, Tri Le, Duy Pham, Tri Nguyen, Phuc Le, An Nguyen, Thanh Nguyen, Thien-Ngan Nguyen, Vu Nguyen, Hai Do, Khang Trinh, Hai Trong Duong, Ly Le
Vietnam carries a highly diverse practice of traditional medicine in which various combinations of herbs have been widely used as remedies for many types of diseases. Poor hand-written records and current text-based databases, however, perplex the process of conventionalizing and evaluating canonical therapeutic effects. In efforts to reorganize the valuable information, we provide the VIETHERB database ( for herbs documented in Vietnamese traditional medicines. This database is constructed with confidence to provide users with information on herbs and other side information including metabolites, diseases, morphologies, and geographical locations for each individual species. Our data in this release consist of 2,881 species, 10,887 metabolites, 458 geographical locations, and 8,046 therapeutic effects. The numbers of species–metabolite, species–therapeutic effect, species–morphology, and species–distribution binary relationships are 17,602, 2,718, 11,943, and 16,089, respectively. The information on Vietnamese herbal species can be easily accessed or queried using their scientific names. Searching for species sharing side information can be simply done by clicking on the data. The database primarily serves as an open source facilitating users in studies of modernizing traditional medicine, computer-aided drug design, conservation of endangered plants, and other relevant experimental sciences.