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Ethnomedicinal plants of Kosi area used in Homeopathic medicine

Rani Runam Kumari*
Department of Botany, RJM College, Saharsa, Bihar, India
Received :28th December, 2019 ; Revised : 18th February, 2020

Abstract: Koshi Region is primarily a rural area with a considerable amount of people relying on traditional methods to sustain lives. Thus, people from the region depend on a variety of homeopathic medicines, treatments and diagnosis to tackle health aliments. Homeopathy was started in India during the early 1800s by a few German scientists in Bengal, not very far from the Koshi Region. Our study was aimed at identifying various medicinal plants used in homeopathic treatment and medicine. Ethnobotanical study helps in the documentation of such knowledge. The sub branch of botany
helps us understand local practices and traditions in relation to flora of the region. In ethnomedicinal studies, sometimes one plant has multiple use benefits and at other times, different plants are utilised in the treatment of a particular aliment. In this field of study, plants are documented according to their medicinal value and this serves as a database for not only future studies and experiments but also in the preservation of local culture and traditions. In this study, a survey was made in 15 villages of different blocks of Kosi division. 21 plant species belonging to 16 families used in Homeopathic medicines are described in present study along with their scientific name, family, local name and medicinal use in Homeopathy

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