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First Report on the Ethnopharmacological Uses of Medicinal Plants among Monpa Tribe Living in the Zemithang Region of the Arunachal Pradesh, Eastern Himalayas, India

  1. Institute of Ethnobotany, Jiwaji University, Gwalior 474001, India
  2. Chair of Vegetation Science, University of Freiburg, Freiburg 79085, Germany
  3. Resource Survey and Management Division, Forest Research Institute, Dehra Dun 248006, India
  4. Chair of Silviculture, University of Freiburg, Freiburg 79085, Germany
  5. Directorate of Extension, Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, Dehra Dun 248001, India
Version 1 : Received: 28 November 2016 / Approved: 29 November 2016 / Online: 29 November 2016 (06:35:45 CET)

How to cite: Chakraborty, T.; Saha, S.; Bisht, N. First Report on the Ethnopharmacological Uses of Medicinal Plants among Monpa Tribe Living in the Zemithang Region of the Arunachal Pradesh, Eastern Himalayas, India. Preprints 2016, 2016110144 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201611.0144.v1). Chakraborty, T.; Saha, S.; Bisht, N. First Report on the Ethnopharmacological Uses of Medicinal Plants among Monpa Tribe Living in the Zemithang Region of the Arunachal Pradesh, Eastern Himalayas, India. Preprints 2016, 2016110144 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201611.0144.v1).

Abstract

The Himalaya is well known for high diversity and ethnobotanical uses of medicinal plants. However, not all areas of the Himalayas are well studied. In particular, studies on ethnobotanical uses of plants from the Eastern Himalayas are rare and lacking for many tribes. Past studies primarily focused on listing plants name and their traditional medicinal uses. However, studies on traditional ethnopharmacological practices on medicine preparation had not yet been reported in published literature from the Eastern Himalaya. In this study, we are reporting the first time ethnopharmacological used 24 medicines, their procedures of preparation and listed 53 plant species used for those medicines for Monpa tribe. Such documentations had not yet been done for other tribes in India. Our research demonstrates the urgent need to documents traditional medicine preparation procedures from the local healers before rapid cultural modernization forgets them in transforming country like India. This study should motivate national and international researchers to do more works on ethnopharmacology and bioprospecting.

Subject Areas

medicinal plants; traditional knowledge; Himalayas; mountain plants; ethnobotany

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