Abstract

ETHNO MEDICINAL PLANTS IN FRINGE FOREST OF BALPHAKRAM NATIONAL PARK, MEGHALAYA

Author(s): MANISH KUMAR SINGH, DINESH KUMAR MEENA, KUMAR AVINASH BHARATI & RAJESH KUMAR

Objective: The aims of present study were to document wild medicinal plants found in fringe forest of BNP and to explore potential species for phyto-chemical and pharmacological studies. Methods: Fieldwork was conducted over a period of two years, utilizing the “transect walk” method of Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA). The data were analyzed using the following techniques: frequency of citation and informant consensus factor (Fic). Results: This research documented 60 species of medicinal plants belonging to 43 families which were used in the treatment of 32 ailments of humans. The ailments are categorized into 14 categories (symptoms/similarities, etc). The Fic values indicate that there was a high degree of consensus among informants on how to treat injuries, respiratory ailments, circulatory system ailments, digestive disorders, colds and fevers. Conclusion: Based on the information collected, the highest cited plant is Aeglemarmelos with RFC value of 0.83, followed by Averrhoacarombola (0.72), Antidesmabunius (0.72), Osbeckiastellata (0.67), Curcuma domestica (0.61), Acoruscalamus (0.61), Terminaliachebula (0.61), Cinnamomumtamala (0.61) and Ageratum conyzoides (0.61) and thus these medicinal plants may prove useful for pharmacological studies in new drug development projects.

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ISSN: 2320-3315

ICV :81.58

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