New Findings of Traditional Medicinal uses of Plants from Bhimashankar and Mulshi Areas of Pune, District, Maharashtra

S.G. Pawar, E.A. Singh, P.S. Sawant, S.R. Patil, S.Y. Kamble

Abstract


Traditional systems of medicines were developed long before the arrival of modern medicines. They have greatly contributed towards primary healthcare of more than three quarter of the world’s population. Even today not only tribals and rural people but also large section of urban people use herbal preparation for health practices in the treatment of various diseases. Many plant species of medicinal importance, because of environmental degradation and uncontrolled exploitation, are facing danger of extinction. Therefore to document and preserve the traditional knowledge, present study was undertaken. Through questionnaire and informal personal interviews with the local traditional healers, information on the native plants used for medicinal purposes was collected. The present communication provides new reports of traditional medicinal uses of 54 species, belonging to 52 genera and 36 families of Angiosperms and ferns, which have not been reported earlier. Further analysis showed that medicinal plants were mostly used for stomach ache, wounds, burns, acidity and ulcer, headache, arthritis, dysentery, menstrual problems, skin diseases etc. The study revealed that most dominant families were Rubiaceae, Moraceae, Liliaceae and followed by Fabaceae, Caesalpiniaceae, Cucurbitaceae, Sterculiaceae,Lamiaceae etc.

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New findings, Traditional medicinal uses, Traditional healers, Maharashtra.

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