ETHNO ANTI DIABETIC PLANTS USED BY A FEW TRIBES OF RURAL KAMRUP DISTRICT, ASSAMAbstract
Kamrup District of Asasm is bounded by Udalguri and Baksa districts in the north, Meghalaya in the south, Darrang and Kamrup Metropolitan in the east and Goalpara and Nalbari district in the west. The rural part of kamrup district is mostly inhabitated by different tribes such as Boro, Khoronia Kochari, Rajbonghi, and Nepalis. An ethno botanical survey was conducted during the year 2011-2012 in some selected villages to explore the medicinal plants used by the local traditional healers known as ‘bej’ and ‘Ohjha’ for treatment of diabetes mellitus. The data’s were collected using questionnaire and personal interviews with few local healers. The investigation revealed 56 species of plants belonging to 38 families which are used to cure diabetes. These traditional ethno medicinal plants are consumed either in form of juice, powder, or boiled extract of leave, stem, root, seed, fruit, bark, rhizome and flower. In some cases it was found that the whole plant is directly used as potent medicine.
Jayashree Dutta* and M.C. Kalita
Department of Biotechnology, Gauhati University, Guwahati- 781 014, Assam, India
14 April, 2013
10 June, 2013
14 August, 2013
01 September, 2013