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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

Version 1 : Received: 28 November 2016 / Approved: 29 November 2016 / Online: 29 November 2016 (06:35:45 CET)

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Chakraborty, T.; Saha, S.; Bisht, N.S. First Report on the Ethnopharmacological Uses of Medicinal Plants by Monpa Tribe from the Zemithang Region of Arunachal Pradesh, Eastern Himalayas, India. Plants 2017, 6, 13. Chakraborty, T.; Saha, S.; Bisht, N.S. First Report on the Ethnopharmacological Uses of Medicinal Plants by Monpa Tribe from the Zemithang Region of Arunachal Pradesh, Eastern Himalayas, India. Plants 2017, 6, 13.

Journal reference: Plants 2017, 6, 13
DOI: 10.3390/plants6010013

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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