Ethnobotanical Leaflets 14: 642-647, 2010.
Ethno-medicinal Plants Used for Gonorrhoea
Diseases in Danta Taluka (Gujarat)
Sheth M. N. Science College, Patan
Issued May 01,� 2010
present paper deals with species of flowering plants commonly used by
different Aadeevasee communities to cure gonorrhoea diseases. The cause of
disease, its symptoms, and plant organs utilized and methods of preparation
of remedies are provided. Tribes associated with specific remedial
preparation have been mentioned, however, they may not be always exclusive
since Adeevasee communities are of wide distribution in Danta taluka and have
considered communication with each other. It is hoped that the present study
will not only confirm earlier findings recorded in literature, but also
provide additional clues in this field of vital interests.
The Danta taluka is situated
between 24� - 24�� to 24� - 30�� N latitudes and between 72� - 45�� to 73� -
30�� E longitudes. In the north it is bounded by Rajasthan State,
in the south by the Mehsana District, in the east by the Sabarkantha district
and in the west by Palanpur and Vadgam taluka (Fig.1.). The total area of the
Danta taluka is 86074.75 sq.km. Danta taluka has 187 villages and forest area
of 47941.97 hectare.
Tribal in Danta taluka mainly
cast Adeevasee which sub-tribes are Bumbadiya, Bhemiyat, Dabhi, Dhrangi,
Gamar, Kodarvi, Laur, Makvana, Parghi, Parmar, Rohisa, Solanki and Taral are
main tribal group inhabiting this area.
Fig 1.� Gujarat
State showing the Danta
During recent years, there has
been a wide concern to collect more and more ethno botanical information.
Such information provide clues for materials to be tested by pharmacological
and clinical researches, provide new distribution areas for raw drugs and a
broad base for interaction with other systems of medicines.
����������� During present study the authors have collected ethno
medicinal information on 7 species of flowering plants
local vaids (physicians) and herbalists, forest officers and different tribal
communities in the taluka. The uses recorded by the authors. Voucher
specimens have been cited.
����������� It is hoped that this effort will not only provide
additional support to the earlier findings recorded in the literature, but
also provide clues for new materials having medicinal potentially for
traditional Indian system of medicine.
����������� During the present works we have gone in the various
villages and forests area including hill and hillocks for collection of
angiosperm plants taxa. Good number of the trips where arrange in connection
of the season. The collected plants were brought to the laboratory,
identified up to species level where ever possible and then dried with
customary method which was mounted on herbarium sheet and label. The
information data on ethno botanical were collected through the dialogue and
arranging night meting with local tribal and knowledgeable people of the
villages. Each plant has been enumerated on the basis of classification of
Bentham and Hooker system.
���������� It is an inflammatory disease of
generative organs common in male and female, caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoea. The following 7
species are commonly used by Adeevasee in Danta taluka to treat gonorrhoea:
Local name: Kanski
A fresh decoction of plant is
Before dinner for about a month
by the bhil
And damor tribes.
(L.) juss. ex. Schult.
Flowers are boiled in water.
The latter is
Taken 2 to 3 times a day for
20-30 days by
The garasia tribe.
Local name: Arni.
Decoction of fresh roots is
Very effective by the bhil.
Local name: Dodali
Mucilaginous decoction of plant
is given by
Local vaids. Some rural people
C.olitorius L.� For this purpose.
Local name: Anantmool
Roots are dried powdered and
mixed with sugar
and Cuninum cyminum L; this mixture is taken
orally by the garasia and damor
Local name: Asopalav
Stem-bark is dried, ground and
mixed with butter and
Taken 2 times a day for a few
weeks. It is usually
Prescribed by local vaids.
Local name: Gokhru-kanti.
Mucilaginous sap of fresh
leaves is considered very
Effective and taken orally
early in the morning.
������������ Adivashis are habituated in herbal practices. Ethno
pharmacological analysis is required for proper usage� and doses.
����������� The authors are thankful to the notified and denotified
adeevasee groups, their vaids, ojhas; bhopas etc.and forest officials whom
provided valuable information on this subject. We are also thankful to the
authorities of various herbaria and musea for their help and co-operation
extended in several ways.
Patel, N.K. (2001) Study of Angiosprmic Plants with
Relation to Phytosociological &
Ethnobotanical Study of Danta taluka, Dist. Banaskantha", Ph.D.
Thesis for North
����������� Gujarat University, Patan.
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