Vol. 3, Issue 2, Part A (2015)
Herbal folk remedies of Dhenkanal district, Odisha, India
Author(s): Nibedita Mohanty, Taranisen Panda, Shantilata Sahoo, Siba Prasad Rath
Abstract: An ethnobotanical investigation was carried out to collect, identify and document information on the medicinal plants traditionally used by local inhabitants of Dhenkanal district, Odisha, India. Data were collected from 140 informants of various ages in different villages of the district by using structured questionnaires, complemented by free interviews and informal conversations. Samples of plants that were reported to have medicinal value were collected and identified by botanical classification. One hundred and nine plant species belonging to 53 families were recorded in the interviews and enquiries.The most cited medicininal plant families were Fabaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Caesalpiniaceae, Mimosaceae, Asclepiadaceae and Rutaceae. Out of 109 plant species, 34 plant species were used for gastro intestinal ailments (constipation, diarrheas, dysentery, gastric & stomach-ache), 30 for fever, bronchitis, asthma, cough & cold, 20 for anti-inflammatory & skin diseases, 13 for rheumatism, 10 for diabetic, 11 for cardiovascular ailments and 7 plant species for diuretics. The plant parts that were more commonly utilized for the preparation of ethno medicines were the leaves (28.7%), roots (17.4%), bark (13.5%), seeds (10.1%) and fruit (7.3%). The present study contributed to the construction of an inventory of Dhenkanal district ethno medicinal plants, which might be the basis for future scientific validation studies.
How to cite this article:
Nibedita Mohanty, Taranisen Panda, Shantilata Sahoo, Siba Prasad Rath. Herbal folk remedies of Dhenkanal district, Odisha, India. International Journal of Herbal Medicine. 2015; 3(2): 24-33.