Gouri Suresh & Salomy Kujur
Department of Botany, Jamshedpur Women’s College,
Jamshedpur 831001, Jharkhand, India
Received 9th May, 2011 Revised 27th August, 2011.
Abstract : Ayurveda means the science of life. Ayurvedic medicine is a system of traditional medicine native to the Indian subcontinent. In this system, different parts of various medicinal plants are used singly or in different combinations for the prevention as well as cure of various diseases. Due to systematic loss of biodiversity including that of precious medicinal plants in recent times, enlisting the existing medicinal plants location-wise and promoting their cultivation by the local populace has become all the more important today. This will lead to the upliftment of local communities through improving their health and enhancing their monetary and other benefits. It was with this motive that the present work of enumerating the medicinal plants of East Singhbhum, Jharkhand, India was undertaken. Out of more than a hundred medicinal plants enumerated during the course of the present study, names of 50 plants are being given in this paper, along with their actions, for creating awareness and for motivating people to cultivate them on a small scale in homes for personal use or on a large scale for commercial purposes.