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Traditional herbal remedies for gastro-intestinal problems practised among the tribal and other communities of Birbhum district, West Bengal, India

Chowdhury Habibur Rahamana*& Uday Dasa
Department of Botany, Visva- Bharati, Santiniketan- 731235,West Bengal, India

Received 20th Jan., 2012; Revised: 25th June., 2012

Abstract : Present study embodies herbal remedies of gastro-intestinal disorders traditionally practised among the tribal and other rural people of Birbhum district, West Bengal. A total of 26 ethnomedicinal plants have been recorded here which are used in formulation of 20 herbal preparations for treatment of various gastro-enteric diseases. Many of these ethnomedicinal preparations are new as they have not been recorded earlier in standard literature. Of the total 26 plants involved, materials of 22 plants are collected by the people from wild, 2 from cultivated and 5 from commercial sources.  These 26 recorded taxa spread over 26 species, 25 genera, and 22 families of flowering plants which are used as herbal drug either in monoherbal or polyherbal form. Finally, the investigated plant species have been listed according to their uses in curing the diseases, along with botanical names, families, local or tribal names, parts used, mode of administration and locality of collection.

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