Ethnopharmacological Survey of West Tarai Forest Division, Ramnagar, Nainital in Kumaon Region of Uttarakhand

Zaheer Anwar Ali*, Sarfraz Ahmad, Wasiuddin and Latafat Ali Khan

Hippocratic Journal of Unani Medicine

Hippocratic Journal of Unani Medicine January - March 2013, Vol. 8 No. 1, Pages 79-88

Abstract

An ethnopharmacological survey conducted during November, 2001 in the West Tarai Forest Division, Ramnagar, Nainital, has yielded first-hand information on folk medicinal claims prevalent amongst the tribal and other rural people. In the course of this survey, a number of wild plants were found to be commonly used in the area by traditional healers as folk drugs. In this report ethnomedicinal uses of 55 plant species belonging to 38 families of angiosperms are described. For each species are given the correct botanical and prevalent local names, part used, claimed medicinal use(s) and mode of administration. An scrutiny of data obtained in this study with the available ethnobotanical literature has revealed many new and uncommon traditional phytotherapeutic uses, unreported so far.

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