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Title: On the use of Dalbergia stipulacea Roxb. (Fabaceae) in oral healthcare with supplementary notes on species used in oral hygiene in Manipur, India
Authors: Nongmaithem, Rita
Yumkham, Sanatombi D
Devi, Naorem P
Salam, Sumitra
Das, Ajit Kr
Singh, Potsangbam K
Keywords: Dalbergia stipulacea;Blackening of teeth;Oral hygiene;Supplementary notes;Meitei;Maring;Kabui;Tangkhul tribes;Manipur
Issue Date: Oct-2018
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
IPC Code: Int. Cl.8: A61K 36/00, A61C, A61K, A01D 5/00
Abstract: The present paper reports the survey conducted from June 2012–December 2016 to assess the wild species used in oral hygiene and related dental recipes by four indigenous communities (Meitei, Maring, Kabui, Tangkhul) of Manipur, India. The age long tradition of blackening of teeth called Hasang practiced by the Maring tribe is documented for the first time. It was revealed that Dalbergia stipulacea Roxb. is exclusively used for the purpose. Additional notes on nine more species used in oral care are also highlighted. A total of 200 informants were interviewed for the purpose. Preference ranking calculation was employed for data analysis to assess the best choice of species used in dental hygiene for the respective four communities. The preference score for each species is different and highest preference of species for the respective communities are A. paniculata (35) for Meitei, D. stipulacea (36) for Maring, O. aristatus (32) for Kabui and M. malabathricum (31) for Tangkhul. The study concludes that D. stipulacea is a new addition to the plant list used in dental hygiene. It further emphasizes on their scientific exploitation and sustainable utilization in dental medicines.
Page(s): 754-762
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.17(4) [October 2018]

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