Ajit Kumar Rawal*a, Suman Lata Singha, Alok Ranjana, Binod Singha, Lalan Sharmaa & H. P. Sharmaa
aLaboratory of Plant Physiology and Biotechnology, Department of Botany, Ranchi University, Ranchi, Jharkhand
Received 21th January, 2014 :Revised: 20th February 2014
Abstract : Khunti is a newly formed district of Jharkhand created by separating out from Ranchi. Majority of the population is tribes and indigenous people who live close to nature with their rich cultural heritage. The area is also very rich in plant biodiversity because yet not disturbed by human intervention. Being very close to capital city Ranchi shortly its natural green canopy will be disturbed. The cost of various developmental programmes and also the permanent settlers will be forced to leave their natural home. Therefore, there is an urgent need to take up ethnobotanical studies in general and ethnomedicinal studies in particular before it is too late. This type of study will give new impetus to the traditional system of healthcare. In view of the importance of traditional medicine which provides health services to large population, increased demand of herbal drugs by the pharmaceuticals and depleting plant resources, it is high time to document the medicinal utility of plants available in remote areas of the district. In the present paper, total of 40 plant-species belonging to 26 families used to treat different types of diseases and disorders have been enlisted and their parts used have been focused.