Vol. 4, Issue 5 (2019)
Enumeration of medicinal plants and their uses by the tribals of Anuppur district (M.P.) India
Author(s): Ajay Kumar Sonwani, SK Mishra
Abstract: The paper presented to the traditional ethnographic knowledge of various tribes of Anuppur district in Madhya Pradesh, India. With the help of standardized questionnaires, traditional healer and resource persons were interviewed on medicinal use of local flora during July, 2017 to December, 2018 in all tribal villages of Anuppur district and again some places for this purpose during July revised again December of 2018. A total of 46 plant species belonging to 42 genera and 27 families were used to treat 33 different diseases. In terms of the number of medicinal plant species, Fabaceae (5 species) and Euphorbiaceae (4 species) are the dominant families. Among the various plant parts used for pharmaceutical preparations, leaves were often used to treat diseases. In all the tribal villages we found medicinal plants, especially to treat common physical problems like minor injuries, abdominal pain and stomach disease. However, the unavailability of such plants in the nearby area is banning the use of medicinal plants. Further research on these species may lead to the discovery of novel bioactive molecules on one hand and may open a new horizon of sustainable development.
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