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European Journal of Medicinal Plants, ISSN: 2231-0894,Vol.: 5, Issue.: 1


Herbal Healing: An Old Practice for Healthy Living among Khumi, Marma and Tripura Communities of Thanchi Upazila, Bangladesh


Mohammad Abdul Motaleb1, M. M. Abdullah-Al-Mamun2*, M. K. Hossain2, M. Khairul Alam3 and Marufa Sultana1

1IUCN Bangladesh Country Office, House 16, Road 2/3, Banani, Dhaka 1213, Bangladesh.
2Institute of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh.
3Bangladesh Forest Research Institute, Sholosahar, Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Article Information
(1) Marcello Iriti, Plant Biology and Pathology Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Milan State University, Italy.
(1) Anonymous, Bangladesh Resource Centre, Bangladesh.
(2) Sunday Johnson Ameh, Medicinal Chemistry and Quality Control National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD), Abuja, Nigeria.
(3) Pawan Kumar Rana, Department of Botany, Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab, India.
(4) Anonymous, University of Dschang, Cameroon.
(5) Anonymous, Federal University of Bahia, Brazil.
Peer review History: http://www.sciencedomain.org/review-history/6163


Background: At present, only a limited amount of documentation exists that shed light on aspects of plants used by Traditional Healers (THs) in Bangladesh for treating general ailments. The current study is concerned with information on medicinal plants (MPs) used in Traditional Medicine (TM) by the Khumi, Marma and Tripura communities of Bangladesh.
Aims: The study attempted to collect, analyze and evaluate Traditional Knowledge (TK) of the healing powers of plants used in TM in Thanchi upazila during August 2011 to January 2013; and to classify as far as possible the plants encountered in the study.
Methodology: Semi-structured questionnaire was used to collect information through Focused Group Discussions (FGD) and one to one discussions with the selected indigenous community people.
Results: A total of 91 different diseases (faced by the above three communities of the study area) were recognized that were treated by the THs using 116 herbs and shrubs belonging to 50 different families. Scientific name of different plant species, parts used, preparation process including doses, and names of user communities are also mentioned.
Conclusion: This documentation will encourage the relevant stakeholders, authorities and conservationists in emphasizing the proper management of TK, including the conservation initiatives.

Keywords :

Medicinal plants (MPs); Traditional Knowledge (TK); Traditional Healers (THs); Indigenous community (IC); Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT); Khumi; Marma; Tripura.

Full Article - PDF    Page 23-52

DOI : 10.9734/EJMP/2015/10244

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