Indigenous Uses of Medicinal Plants of Keonjhar Forests, Odisha, India
Usha Devi, Himanshu Dwivedi, Aminuddin and Hakimudin Khan
Hippocratic Journal of Unani Medicine
Hippocratic Journal of Unani Medicine April - June 2015, Vol. 10 No. 3, Pages 109-122
Based on field surveys during 2014-15, the present paper deals with the field observations on the traditional phytotherapy of indigenous people of the Keonjahr forest division of Keonjhar district, Odisha. A total of 64 folk medicinal plants species belonging to 60 genera and 31 families were collected from the study area and identified. First-hand information on medicinal uses was gathered from knowledgeable tribals, rural and traditional healers (‘Vaidyas’) through semi structured questionnaire. The inhabitants of the area investigated mostly rely on medicinal plants for the treatment of different types of ailments such as cuts, wounds, itching, eczema, burn sensation, boils, scabies, indigestion, stomachache, joint pain, headache, kidney stone, diabetes, jaundice, malaria etc. It is re-stressed that pharmacological and phytochemical investigations may be undertaken on all these reported folk medicinal plants to validate the claims. The information provided may also help in the discovery of new drugs of plant origin.