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Title: Common spices and their use in traditional medicinal system of ethnic groups of Manipur state, North eastern India
Authors: Singh, H Birkumar
Sundriyal, R C
Keywords: Spices;Medicinal uses;Manipuri traditional medicines;Productivity;Conservation
Issue Date: Apr-2003
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: This investigation reports on most commonly used spices and their utility in traditional medicinal system based on household and market surveys in Manipur. A total of 38 plant species were recorded used as spices: of which 42% species were used as daily kitchen food spices. Out of the total species recorded, 13 species are cultivated while R species were directly collected from wild habitats only, and remaining 17 species are either cultivated or collected from natural habitats. The highest market price was fetched by Piper nigrum, Curcuma ,caesia and Cinnamoum zeylanicum . A total of 23 spices were used to cure 21 diseases in traditional medicinal system, mainly for cough (11 spp.), fever (6 spp.), paralysis (4 spp.), infertility and urinary troubles (3 species each), toothache, menstrual disorder, snake-bite and vertigo (2 species each) and many other diseases. The production potential of cultivated spices was fairly good for Coriandrum sativum, Allium odorum, Zingiber officinale. Some of the spices such as Allim hookeri, A. odorum and A. porum are not commonly grown in any other part of the country. It is emphasized that these species should be protected in natural habitats, and multiplied for large-scale use at household level to avoid pressure in wild areas.
Page(s): 148-158
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/19357
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.02(2) [April 2003]

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