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An inventory of the ethnobotanicals used as anti-diabetic by a rural community of Dhemaji district of Assam, Northeast India

Tarak, Doi and Namsa, Nima D and Tangjang, Sumpam and Arya, SC and Rajbonshi, Bhaskar and Samal, PK and Mandal, M (2011) An inventory of the ethnobotanicals used as anti-diabetic by a rural community of Dhemaji district of Assam, Northeast India. In: Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 138 (2). pp. 345-350.

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Abstract

Ethnopharmacological relevance: Traditional remedies used for treating diabetic ailments are very important in the primary health care of the people living in rural Dhemaji district of Assam, north-east India. Novel information gathered from the current survey is important in preserving folk indigenous knowledge. Materials and methods: Interviews were conducted amongst 80 households comprising of 240 individuals using semi-structured questionnaires. The focus was on plants used in treating diabetes mellitus. Results: The current survey documented 21 plant species (20 families) which are reportedly used to treat diabetes mellitus by the rural people in the study area. To the best of our knowledge, Amomum linguiforme, Cinnamomum impressinervium, Colocasia esculenta, Dillenia indica, Euphorbia ligularia, Garcinia pedunculata, Solanum indicum, Sterculia villosa and Tabernaemontana divaricata are recorded for the first time based on globally published literature as medicinal plants used for treating diabetes mellitus and related symptoms. Conclusions: The wide variety of plants that are used to treat diabetes mellitus in this area supports the traditional value that medicinal plants have in the primary health care system of the rural people of Dhemaji district of Assam. The finding of new plant uses in the current study reveals the importance of the documentation of such ethnobotanical knowledge. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Antidiabetic;North-east India;Dhemaji district;Traditional knowledge;Assam
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Microbiology & Cell Biology
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2012 09:01
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2012 09:01
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/43168

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