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Some traditionally used medicinal plants of Kanpur District, UP, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Botany, Institute of Basic Science, Bundelkhand University, Jhansi-284128, U.P. India
  • 2Department of Botany, Institute of Basic Science, Bundelkhand University, Jhansi-284128, U.P. India

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 7, Issue (3), Pages 52-61, March,10 (2018)


India is the largest producer of medicinal plants. An Ethnobotanical study was conducted from March 2014 to September 2014 to limited information regarding plants used by local people in Kanpur district for treating general ailments and common diseases. The present reported 87 medicinal plants belonging to 42 families and 82 genera for curing diverse from ailments, these use of plant parts leaves 40%, fruit 14%, root 13%, bark 10%, seeds 7%, whole plant 4%, flower, latex, stem 3%, gum 2% and rhizome 1%. Most of the species were very common and were cultivated or planted in homestead or roadsides. Method of preparations for eight categories viz. Ash, Decoction, Extract, Juice, Oil, Paste, Powder and some time various fresh plant parts were also used directly. In fact the medicinal plants are easily available, compared to the modern (allopathic drug) system. It is urgent need to preserve indigenous knowledge for the benefits for future generation. Moreover this study could play on important role for the conservation of these plants.


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