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Ethnobotanical investigations on anti-diabetic plants used by tribal inhabitants of Hazaribagh of Jharkhand, India

Rajesh Sinhaa*& Radha Krishan Jha 
aDepartment of Botany, Ranchi University. Ranchi, Jharkhand

Received , 18th January, 2014 :Revised: 20th February. 2014

Abstract :An ethnobotanical studies was conducted to collect information about medicinal plants used for the treatment of diabetics and associated complications by tribals in Bishnugarh, Hazaribagh District. Jharkhand, India. The indigenous knowledge of local traditional healers and tribal healers of Bishnugarh for native plants used for the treatment of diabetics related health disorders were collected through questionnaire and personal interviews. The present study describes the identification of plants and documentation of plants well known for medicinal value by the virtue of tribal traditional practices. A total of 19 informants within the age group of 42 to 70 were interviewed, among them four were herbal practitioners. Our investigation revealed that, the local medico-botanical knowledge remains pretty specific in the area and the traditional healers, tribal inhabitants use 53 species of plants belonging to 38 families to treat diabetics and related complications. Anti-diabetic medicinal plants used by different tribes have been listed along with preparation of their medicine. This paper showed many medicinal plants from different families of which are purely anti-diabetic potential.

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