Ethnomedicines in the Khordha Forest Division, Odisha 1

Mukesh Kumar, Tariq Ahmad Butt, S.A. Hussaini, Kishore Kumar, Qamaruddin, Hakimuddin Khan, Aminuddin, and L. Samiulla

Hippocratic Journal of Unani Medicine

Hippocratic Journal of Unani Medicine October - December 2013, Vol. 8 No. 4, Pages 171-180

Abstract

Based on an ethnopharmacological survey of Khordha forest division of Khordha district in Odisha, conducted during September-October 2012, the paper presents some 54 contemporary folk recipes comprising 43 taxa of folk medicinal plants used by Kondh, Sabra, Naik tribes of the study area, for treatment of various common and chronic diseases and conditions. Botanical name, family in bracket, locality with field book number, local name, Unani name, part(s) used, name of the disease against which used, mode of administration are given for each recipe discussed in the text. The need for their phytochemical and pharmacological investigations in the context of claims reported has been re-stressed in an effort to discover Therapeutic agents of natural origin for many of the diseases and conditions for which there are no satisfactory cure in modern medicine, thus far.

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