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Ethnobotanical studies of medicinal plants used by indigenous group of Hile region on Dhankuta District, Eastern Nepal

Babita Kumaria & Ashok Kumar Jhab*
aUniversity Department of Botany, B.N.M. University, Madhepura, Bihar, India
bDepartment of Botany, M.L.T. College, Saharsa, B.N.M. University, Madhepura, Bihar, India
Received : 23rd April, 2022 ; Revised : 24th May, 2022

Abstract– In Hile region of Dhankuta district, Nepal the ethnic people of villages belonging to the ethnic group- Chhetri, Rai, Limbu, Magar and Tamang, mainly depends on medicinal plants for their healthcare. In the present study, 35 informants from Limbu, Rai and Tamang ethnic group were selected to acknowledge the medicinal properties, preparation of drug, part of the plant used for drug preparation and use of medicinal plants for particular healthcare. Altogether, 26 plants belonging to 19 families were identified. The FIC value and FL (%) value were calculated. FIC value was calculated for 23 disease categories. The maximum value of FIC was 0.87 for Blood pressure and Liver disorder and the minimum FIC value was 0.29 for Dermatological problem. The FL (%) value was maximum for Coelogyne corymbosa (82.35) and Eclipta prostata (82.35) against Dermatological problem and Liver disorder respectively.

Key words: Fidelity level (FL), Informants consensus factor (FIC), Ethnic group.

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