IMR Press / FBL / Volume 25 / Issue 1 / DOI: 10.2741/4802

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From entomophagy to entomotherapy
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1 Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, 50200, Thailand
2 Environmental Science Research Center (ESRC), Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, 50200, Thailand
Send correspondence to: Panuwan Chantawannakul, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, 239 Huay Kaew rd, T. Suthep, A. Meung, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50200, Tel: 6653943346, Fax: 66538922, E-mail:
Front. Biosci. (Landmark Ed) 2020, 25(1), 179–200;
Published: 1 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cutting edge of insect biomedical science)

Insects are the most diverse group of organisms with one million species that account for 80% of the world’s species. Particularly in East Asia, edible insects serve as a source of nutrients. Among these, silkworms and honeybees are well-known sources of food and have been used for the treatment of a large number of human disorders. This review focuses on the utilization of insects as food (entomophagy) as well as for their pharmacological properties (entomotherapy) that have been tested in vitro as well as in vivo.

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