Ecology, Environment and Conservation Paper

Vol.18, Issue 3, 2012; Page No.(677-681)

MEDICINAL PLANTS USED BY THE RURAL PEOPLE OF TALUKA PURANDHAR, DISTRICT, PUNE, INDIA

M.K. Desale and P. B. Bhamare

Abstract

An ethnobotanical survey of Taluka Purandhar was undertaken during 2008-2010. During field visits Bhagat/Mukhia and other herbal healers were contacted, interviewed and information on 42 plants used as traditional medicine was collected. Further analysis showed that the Vaidu/Bhagat used six species for scabies; four species for diarrhea; three species each for stomach ache, urinary trouble, teeth ache, kidney stone, constipation, two species each for skin disease, leucorrhoea, cough & colds and one species each for arthritis, asthma, fever etc. It is interesting to note that, for controlling skin diseases, the mode of preparation and administration of drug from plants like Cassia tora, C. fistula, Martynia annua, Amorphophalus commutates, Calotropis gigantea, Pongamia pinnata were found to be varying from other reports. The practices of herbalists also showed that efficacy of Ashwagandha and Shatawari are increased by adding Tinospora and Bryonia. Main objective of the study is to collect scattered information on the medicinal plants used by the traditional herbalists in the rural and remote areas of Purandar Taluka and analyze whether it is new or varying from earlier reports.

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