TRADITIONAL HEALTH CARE PRACTICES IN CHHATTISGARH STATE- A REVIEW
Keywords:Ethno-botany, traditional healers, Chhattisgarh, Medicinal plants, Ayurveda
Chhattisgarh is a heavily forested state located in central India. Deciduous forests of Eastern highlands forest cover roughly 44% of the state. Major scheduled tribe peoples of state leave in the forest area. They have a rich knowledge of Ethno-botany. They use plants available in their forest for the treatment of diseases. Data of previously published articles or reports of Ethno-botanical survey studies of different districts of Chhattisgarh state were compiled, analyzed, and interpreted. Ayurvedic properties of plants mentioned in Ayurveda were also compiled and compared with available survey data. Total 96 plants of 53 families were used by them for various diseased conditions which include trees, shrubs, climbers, herbs, parasitic plant, weed of which root, leaves, bark, fruit, flower, whole plant, stem, latex, seed, gum, young shoots, rhizome, tuber, inflorescence, glandular hairs present of fruit were used.
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