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Pinus roxburghii Sarg. – a plant with resins of medicinal importance

Anamika Sinha & Kunul Kandir*
Departiment of  Botany, Ranchi University, Ranchi
Received 25th December, 2008; Revised 11th February, 2009

Abstract : Pinus roxburghii Sarg. is the main source of resins since ancient time which is used ethno-medicinally as well as for making dyes, paints etc. In the present paper the ethno-medicinal use of pine resin has been shown. Anatomy of Pinus needle (leaves) and pinus stem shows the presence of resin ducts which confirms the secretion of resins from the plant. The resins and its derivative turpentine are very useful ethno-medicinally and are used by tribal people to cure several diseases. Resin is used as a basis for plaster, in abscesses, its paste is used in painful chest and also it is used in snake bite and scorpion sting. Its derivative turpentine is used as antiseptic, diuretic, also used in skin complaints like burns sores, wounds, and in herbal steam bath and as inhalers.


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