Vol. 8, Issue 3, Part B (2020)
An ethno botanical analysis on flora-medicine continuum among the tribal inhabitants of Ratnagiri and Palghar district, Maharashtra, India
Author(s): Anirban Roy and Supriya Janbandhu
Abstract: In the present paper, two tribal predominant representative sites (areas) of Maharashtra were chosen- Sangameshwar taluka (Ratnagiri district) and Saphale village (Palghar district) - to cumulate the primeval traditional knowledge about medicinal plants. The ethnobotanical data were collected through questionnaires and extensive personal dialogues adopting the Chain sampling referral method with native individuals comprising 39 men and 40 women of diverse age groups along with 13 Hakims. Ethnobotanical investigations were directed from September 2017 to April 2018 under the acquiescence of K.J. Somaiya College of Science and Commerce, Mumbai, Maharashtra. Total 51 Traditional Medicinal Plants (TMPs) were collected following the discretion given by 13 Hakims and other inhabitants of the respective areas. Further taxonomic appraisals helped the investigators to consociate these plants with their botanical families, yielding the results: 22 Dicot families, 7 Monocot families, 2 Magnoliids and 1 Pteridophytic family- for the present study. The decoction made out of plants was observed as the most common mode of medicinal formulation, while leaves were the plant part most frequently used as medicine. Striking observations include the use of the same plants (known by altered names in different regions) for treating two unlike ailments in variant medical formulations. The investigators encountered the fact that both the areas were rich in floral vegetation with interminable floral diversity but remained botanically virgin and unexplored neither for medical nor for scientific endeavors.
How to cite this article:
Anirban Roy and Supriya Janbandhu. An ethno botanical analysis on flora-medicine continuum among the tribal inhabitants of Ratnagiri and Palghar district, Maharashtra, India. International Journal of Herbal Medicine. 2020; 8(3): 114-129.