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SOME ETHNO-MEDICINAL PLANTS USED BY THE NATIVE PRACTITIONERS OF CHANDEL DISTRICT, MANIPUR, INDIA

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Author(s): Lokesh Deb | Kh. Romesh Singh | K. Bipin Singh | Biseshwori Thongam

Journal: International Research Journal of Pharmacy
ISSN 2230-8407

Volume: 2;
Issue: 12;
Start page: 199;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: ethno-medicinal plants | Zingiber officinales | Oroxylum indicum | Anneslea fragrans | Eupatorium nodiflorum | Clerodendrum colebrookianum | Kidney stone

ABSTRACT
This article highlights some ethno-medicinal plants used by the traditional practitioners of Naga community in khangshim bio – region of Chandel district for the treatment of various ailments. A field survey revealed number of plants growing in bio – region at the position 24029'41.3" N, 94000'58.9" E and altitude 779msl are important folklore medicines for various ailments. Among them some important plants were identified viz Zingiber officinale (IBSD/M-1007) as anticough, antifever, antidiabetic, anticancer, Zingiber cassumuar (IBSD/M-1005) as anticough, antidiabetic, Zingiber zerumbet Smith Fam. Zingiberaceae (IBSD/M-1006) as anti cough, anti fever, Clerodendrum colebrookianum Walp. Fam. Verbenaceae (IBSD/M/1014) as antihypertensive, Oroxylum indicum Vent Fam. Bignoniaceae (IBSD/M/1015) as anti piles, Eupatorium nodiflorum Wallich (IBSD/M/1016) as anti-diarrheal, Anneslea fragrans Wallich Fam. Theaceae (IBSD/M/1017) for treatment of Kidney stone , Prunus persica (L.) Batsch (IBSD/M/1019) as antihypertensive etc. about 6 species of plants and their mode of usages are detailed here. With the advent of the western culture and the concurrent modern or allopathic medicines, the rich Indian heritage of TSM (Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Tribal) and also the Homeopathic System were sidelined and neglected. Resultantly, the village-based wisdom of traditional system of treatment has not been seriously followed, not well documented and passed on properly over generations. In this context our survey on medicinal plants may help in discovery of safe natural remedy for such dreaded ailments and also in sustainable development of ethno-medicinal bioresources. Our further work is initiated on all those plants to confirm traditional claims.
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