Ethnobotanical Leaflets 14: 120-25, 2010.
Phytotherapy for Snake bites by Tribes of Chitradurga District,
*V.T. Hiremath1 and T.C. Taranath2
Chitradurga, Karnataka, India
2. Department of Botany, Environmental Laboratory,
*Corresponding author email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Issued: Ferbuary 01, 2010
Chitradurga is one of
the central districts of Karnataka state and is flanked by Davangere, Tumkur,
The investigation reveals that the local health healers/tribals used 15 plants belonging to 11 families with 12 formulations (02 multiple applications and 10 single plant applications. The study reveals that roots were most frequently used (09 species), followed by leaf extract (04 species), latex and gum with one (01) species each. The study also reveals that many people of the district still continue to rely on traditional medicine for their primary healthcare. Recent trend shows a decline in the number of traditional health practitioners in the region since the younger generation is not interested to continue this tradition.
There is little documentation of the ethnomedicinal knowledge was carried out in the district. In addition, several wild medicinal plants are declining in number due to the destruction and unscientific collection of plants from forests. Hence there is an urgent need for exploration and documentation of the traditional knowledge in order to ascertain the local ethnomedicinal plants. Therefore present study is an attempt to present ethnomedicinal observations recorded with respect to snake bites.
Key words: Phytotherapy, Ethnomedicine, Hakki-pikki, Snake bite.
The vast diversity of flora and fauna is the outcome of millions years of organic evolution on the earth. They are interdependent, interrelatedand interacting with the physico-chemical environment facilitating the flow of energy and material cycling. Since ages man relied on plants as a sole source of medicine. The knowledge has been transmitted from generation to generation. Out of 250,000 flowering plant species only 1.2% have been analysed for medicinal value.
The art of herbal healing has very deep roots in Indian culture and folklore. Even today in most of the rural areas, people are depending on local traditional healing systems for their primary health care. Documentation of indigenous knowledge through ethnobotanical studies is important for the conservation and utilization of biological resources. Today 80% of the world’s population depends on traditional medicine for their primary health care needs (WHO). Medicinal plants are the backbone of the traditional medicine, this means that, 3300 million people in the underdeveloped countries utilize medicinal plants on a regular basis (Dobriyal and Narayana 1998).The objective of the present study was to document the richness of ethno-medicinal plant species used by the tribal and traditional health healers of Chitradurga district and the practices of the people towards the conservation and sustainable utilization of biological resources of the said region. Similar type of studies has been carried out by several workers in several parts of the country (Hebbar et.al. 2002, Harsha V.H. et.al. 2003, Ignacimuthu S, et.al. 2006).
Periodic field surveys were carried
out in different villages of Chitradurga district. Data were collected from
the tribals,local vaidyas, village elders through personal communication and
questionnaire.The data include the plant name, local name, part used and
therapeutic uses and the frequency of collection of plants etc. Voucher
specimens were collected and identified by referring standard flora (Hooker,
1884; Gamble 1936, Saldhana, 1984). All the voucher specimens were maintained
in the herbarium at SJM College of Arts, Science & Commerce, Chitradurga,
Results and Discussion
The present investigation reveals that the plants used to treat snake bite are commonly avaialable in the local forests. The method of preparation and mode of action is also simple and convenient. Hence most of the local people can affort the traditional treatment and having personal faith and believe gave encouraging results in the treatment of snake bites. The present paper gives a detailed account of 12 plants (Table.1.) as herbal remedies for snake bite by the tribal and traditional health healers of Chitradurga region. The date indicates that tribal people used 15 plants for the treatment of snake bite under 12 formulations. (Fig.1.)
plant parts used for curing Snake bites by the tribes of Chitradurga
The authors are thankful to the tribal
and local healthhealers of Chitradurga district for their cooperation and
discussion on the subject and also revealing their valuable information in
the relevant field. Our thanks is also to UGC New
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