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Ethnomedicinal Exploration of Plants Utilized by The People of Suryabinayak Municipality in Bhaktapur District, Nepal

Version 1 : Received: 9 August 2020 / Approved: 10 August 2020 / Online: 10 August 2020 (08:05:53 CEST)

How to cite: Bhalia, A.; Shakya, S.; Kunwar, B.; Baral, B.; Chaudhary, S.; Munankarmi, N.N. Ethnomedicinal Exploration of Plants Utilized by The People of Suryabinayak Municipality in Bhaktapur District, Nepal. Preprints 2020, 2020080242 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202008.0242.v1). Bhalia, A.; Shakya, S.; Kunwar, B.; Baral, B.; Chaudhary, S.; Munankarmi, N.N. Ethnomedicinal Exploration of Plants Utilized by The People of Suryabinayak Municipality in Bhaktapur District, Nepal. Preprints 2020, 2020080242 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202008.0242.v1).

Abstract

Ethnomedicine refers to the use of medicinal plants by a society, ethnic group or tribe for health benefits and for the prevention, treatment, and cure of different ailments. The healthy relationship between plants and humans has been continuing since the start of human civilization. The present study aims to document the medicinal information about plants used by ethnic people in different wards of Suryabinyak Municipality, Bhaktapur district, to conserve and utilize the traditional knowledge. Ethnomedicinal data were collected by a Rapid Rural Appraisal (RRA) method such as door to door surveys, direct observation. Individual interviews, field visits, and a questionnaire survey with the guidance of key informants. The present study has documented 107 medicinal plant species under 60 families which are used for prevention and treatment of 39 different diseases like Jaundice, diarrhea, dysentery, and cancer and 46 distinct health benefits like cough, cold, anti-bleeding, stomachache, diarrhea, fever, blood pressure, fracture, toothache, etc. Suryabinayak Municipality has a rich diversity in culture, ethnic groups, and medicinal plants, along with a wide geographic and climatic condition. However, with modernization, urbanization, deforestation, and increasing residential areas, the occurrence and use of medicinal plants have been diminished. Thus, documentation of this research is vital for further pharmaceutical research and enhancement and preservation of traditional knowledge of local people living in Suryabinayak Municipality and Nepal.

Subject Areas

diseases; ethnomedicine; Suryabinayak Municipality; traditional knowledge

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