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Ethnomedicinal Plants used by the Sonowal Kacharis of Bhekulajan Village in Dibrugarh District, Assam, NE India

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Department of Anthropology, DHSK College, Dibrugarh 786001, Assam, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 3, Issue (8), Pages 54-57, August,22 (2014)

Abstract

The present study briefly reports the traditional knowledge of ethnomedicinal plants utilized for primary healthcare needs by the Sonowal Kacharis of Bhekulajan village, Dibrugarh district, Assam. Data was collected through observation, interview and concrete case study method in the year 2011. 43 medicinal plant species belonging to 30 different botanical families that are used to cure 25 different diseases have been documented in the present study. Some medicinal plants associated with magico-religious methods of disease treatment are also discussed. The study reiterates the need of documentation and scientific study of the traditional ethnomedical knowledge of the tribal communities on priority basis.

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