Notes on some potential new and noteworthy first hand ethnomedicinal herbal drug dosimetry interviewed with the Gorkha Nepalese Community of Darjeeling Hills (India)

Panda, Subhasis

Abstract

Present paper deals with 20 selected potential ethnomedicinal wild plants and an insect taxon which may be used to cure a good number of human diseases based on oral interviews with ten different Gorkha-Nepalese community of Darjeeling hills. Diseases like piles, skin irritation, diarrhoea, jaundice, old wounds, gastric problems including chronic acidity and gas, arthritis, pyorrhea or toothache, snakebite polyherbal formulations, fevers, urinary problem including kidney disorder, energy tonic, earache, anaemia, bone fracture and ligament injury, abdominal pain, high blood pressure, diabetes melitus, body pain reliever, throat pain, cold and cough, labour pain reliever and vomiting etc. are either cured or relieved by using different parts of these plants documented during oral interviews since December 2011 till December 2022. The efficacy of these ethno medicinal plants needs to be subjected to pharmacological validation. Maximum number of ethnomedicinal first hand information was documented from Rhododendron arboreum Sm. Minimum number of information documented from Boehmeria clideminoides Miq. var. diffusa (Wedd.) Hand.-Mazz. Maximum number of informants belonged to Rai, Tamang and Thami communities followed by Chhetri, Sherpa and Gurung communities, respectively. Most of these validated authentic information are not recorded earlier, when reportedtheir dosimetry and plant parts are different.


Keyword(s)

Darjeeling, Ethnomedicinal plants, Gorkha Nepalese, ITKs

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