ETHNOMEDICINAL PLANTS AND THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO CURE VARIOUS AILMENTS AS HOUSEHOLD REMEDIES IN GARHWAL HIMALAYA, INDIAAbstract
The present investigation was carried out in five villages of the marginalized hill area block of Dewal in Chamoli district, regarding the uses of mild and native ethno-medicinal plants, by locals in their traditional health care system. The people residing in this area have been in isolation for centuries and possess good knowledge of phytotherapy. A total of 51 species of medicinal plants (both wild and cultivated) belonging to 30 families and 45 genera are being used in their folk system of treatment (locally known as ‘Gharelu Upchar’). These plants are used in crude form to treat various ailments like, cough and cold, stomach problems, skin diseases, dysentery, boils and pimples, anaemia asthma, cuts and wounds, various fevers, bone fractures, kidney/ gall stone problems and other such indispositions (Table 1.1 and 1.2). The main purpose of this study was to document the indigenous knowledge of Vaidyas and other knowledgeable persons of the area about the use of local flora, as household remedies for treating different ailments.
Dhani Arya* and Ashaq Hussain Khan
Department of Botany, Kumaun University, S.S.J. Campus, Almora-263601, Uttarakhand, India
11 August, 2014
12 November, 2014
30 December, 2014
01 April, 2015