Traditional medical plants used for Piles and Fistula by Tribes of Mahur Taluka of Nanded District, Maharashtra, India.


An ethno-botanical survey was undertaken to collect information on the use of medicinal plants for the treatment of Piles and Fistula by tribal communities of Mahur Taluka of Nanded District, Maharashtra. In the present Information on 44 plant species used especially for the treatment of Piles and Fistula, as the traditional herbal remedies are based on ancestral knowledge and empiric experiences. It has also been observed that most of the plants are common except few vulnerable species like, Aegle marmelos, Boswellia serrata Roxb., Dioscorea bulbifera L., Gloriosa superba L., Hemidesmus indicus (L.) R.Br. and Vitex negundo L. etc. within the study area. The rural and tribal communities still continue to depend on medicinal plants, this wealth of traditional knowledge needs to be collected and preserved which may help to understand remedial plant metabolites for development of novel herbal medicines and for the betterment of the mankind.


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