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Folklore Practices of Medicinal Plants by the Local Community in Ukhimath Forest Area of Rudraprayag District, Uttarakhand, India: An Ethnobotanical Survey

Deepak J Londhe, Jagdish C Arya, Om Prakash, Chinmay Rath, Anupam K Mangal

Keywords : Ethno-botany, Himalayas, Medicinal Plants, Ukhimath,Ayurveda

Citation Information : Londhe DJ, Arya JC, Prakash O, Rath C, Mangal AK. Folklore Practices of Medicinal Plants by the Local Community in Ukhimath Forest Area of Rudraprayag District, Uttarakhand, India: An Ethnobotanical Survey. J Drug Res Ayurvedic Sci 2020; 5 (2):132-138.

DOI: 10.5005/jdras-10059-0096

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 23-12-2020

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2020; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Aim: Intent of this article is to describe the acclaimed use of medicinal plants by the people, including folklores of the Ukhimath Forest area of Rudraprayag district in Uttarakhand Himalayan region, analyze their relative importance, and validation of their knowledge with Ayurvedic classics. Materials and methods: The survey of the Ukhimath forest area of Rudraprayag district in Uttarakhand Himalayan region was conducted during June 2017 with a view to study medicinal trees and their ethnobotanical and medicinal importance. The information was collected with the help of semi-structured questionnaire from the local people. Results: Interview of a total of seven informants with an age range of 19–54 years comprising one female and six males were conducted in the study area. Total 21 medicinal plant species are reported for the management of 18 different afflictions. Conclusion: Most of the plant species used are known in the Ayurveda literature indicated for same illnesses as the folklores are using. Endeavors are required to moderate and ensure this traditional knowledge that will be supportive for the researcher and pharmaceutical industries to discover other uses of plant for the beneficence of healthcare system. Clinical significance: Folk claims reported in the study show reasonable conformity with Ayurvedic text regarding their medicinal use.


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