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Comparative Study of Ethnomedicine among the Tribes of North East India

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Department of Anthropology, North Lakhimpur College (Autonomous), District Lakhimpur, Assam, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 4, Issue (2), Pages 27-32, February,14 (2015)


The term Ethno-medicine is used to mean the traditional health care methods which are based on indigenous cultural beliefs and practices and are not derived from the conceptual framework of modern medicine. World Health Organisation (WHO) estimated that about 80% of the world’s population depends on traditional medicine for their primary health care needs. Many rural communities of the world are far away from the reach of modern medicines and doctors and such communities still rely on traditional medicinal systems. For primary healthcare still many people of modern world go for ethno-medicine at the basic level. North East India is the homeland of a large number of ethnic groups belonging to different racial stocks, speaking different languages and having varied socio cultural traditions. The present paper tries to highlight the indigenous knowledge related to different medicinal plants used by different population of North East India. An attempt has been made to see the common medicinal plant species used by different communities of North East India.


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