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Traditional Therapeutic Uses of Plants among Scheduled Caste Community of Dibrugarh, Assam, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Deptt. of Zoology, D.H.S.K. College, Dibrugarh, Assam, INDIA
  • 2 Deptt. of Life Sciences, Dibrugarh University, Assam, INDIA

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 4, Issue (8), Pages 49-51, August,2 (2015)


Various tribes all over the world use plants for treating several diseases. Although the herbal medicines are largely preferred by the rural folk for curing diseases but the newer generations are much more attracted towards the modern health care facilities. As such, there is a risk of losing the traditional knowledge on medicinal use of plants in the near future and hence it is utmost important to explore and record the uses of the medicinal plants which are traditionally being practiced by many tribes. The aim of this study is to explore and record various plants used for medicinal purposes by the Scheduled Caste people of Dibrugarh. Several etnobotanical surveys were conducted during the period between 2010 to 2012 in different regions of Dibrugarh, Assam. Information regarding traditional health care system, uses of medicinal plants and the vernacular names of the different plants were gathered through normal conversation, interview and discussion with the local herbal practitioners as well the elderly people of the community.In our study a total of 35 plants belonging to 24 families were found to be utilized by the SC community of Dibrugarh. These plants are being utilized for curing several diseases like Gastric, Blood Urination, Jaundice, Epilepsy, Cuts and Wounds, Ear ache, Cough, Pyorrhea, , Tonsillitis Sore, Stomach pain during menstruation cycle, Dysentery, Piles, etc.The SC Community of Dibrugarh use locally available plants in their own traditional ways for treating various diseases and these phyto remedies provide a broad scope for scientists to search for new potential bio active compounds.


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