TRADITIONAL PHYTOTHERAPEUTIC USES IN PURBA MEDINIPUR, WEST BENGAL, INDIAAbstract
The traditional health care system has been significantly used from ancient time. The rural people of Purba Medinipur, West Bengal still continue to depend on indigenous plants to cure their different types of primary health treatment. The present study explore 79 plant species belong to 41 families are systematically used in traditional health care system. Information was collected by the structures questionnaire, consultation and interviews with rural people, knowledgeable persons and women folk. The plants are principally used for the treatment of digestive disorder (24.4 %), respiratory trouble (25.64 %), dysentery (16.66 %), bleeding (12.8 %), snake and insect bite (11.53 %), skin infection (12.8 %) and sugar control (10.25 %). These wild medicinal plants are declining in number due to demolition and unscientific collection of plants. There is a requisite need to conserve the indigenous medicinal plants. This document will help to prepare a database of valuable indigenous plants and their issues for mankind.
A. Patra, A. K. Mondal *and D. Banerjee
Department of Botany and Forestry, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, West Bengal, India.
07 February, 2017
14 April, 2017
26 April, 2017
01 September, 2017