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Title: Indigenous health practices of tribals in Ranchi District of Jharkhand
Authors: Sinha, R
Lakra, V
Sharma, B
Dwivedi, A K
Jha, B K
Issue Date: Jun-2007
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: An ethnobotanical survey was carried out among the ethnic groups in Ranchi district of Jharkhand. Traditional use of 41 plant species are documented in this study. These tribals are using 16 plant species to cure gastro-intestinal disorders, 7 each for headache as well as respiratory problems and 11 for the treatment of other health problems prevalent in the study area. India has a variety of tribal population reflecting its great ethnic diversity. Jharkhand is a homeland of 30 tribes including eight primitive tribes which constitute 28% of the total population. Majority of tribal population of Jharkhand lives in the forest ecosystem and has its own socio-cultural pattern and tradition. Tribal communities living in biodiversity rich areas possess a wealth of knowledge on the utilization and conservation of medicinal plants. They have developed this traditional knowledge over several years of observations, trial and error, inference and inheritance. Some of the indigenous teohnologies are really effective, much cheaper than modem medicines, prepared by locally available natural resources and easy to prepare. The potentiality of indigenous health technologies is increasingly being recognized. In present days, this useful knowledge of indigenous people is fast disappearing due to modernization and the tendency among younger generation to discard their traditional life style. There is an urgent need to study and document this precious knowledge for the posterity of human society. Keeping this in view, an ethnobotanical survey was carried out to explore the information regarding the medicinal use of indigenous plants by tribals found in adjoining forest and agricultural fields.
Page(s): 74-79
ISSN: 0771-7706
Source:BVAAP Vol.15(1) [June 2007]

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