International Journal of
Biodiversity and Conservation

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Biodivers. Conserv.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-243X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJBC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 625

Full Length Research Paper

Distribution, conservation and folk uses of Vaibidang (Embelia ribes Burm. f.)

Rama Shankar1, G. S. Lavekar2, Sourabh Deb3, B. K. Sharma4  and M.S.Rawat5  
  1Ayurveda Regional Research Institute, Itanagar, India-791111. 2Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Science, New Delhi- 110058, India. 3Department of Forestry and Biodiversity, Tripura University, Suryamaninagar, Tripura, India. 4Department of Microbiology, Tripura University, Suryamaninagar, Tripura, India. 5National Medicinal Plants Board, Chandralok Building, Janpath, New Delhi, 110001.
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  •  Accepted: 15 June 2012
  •  Published: 31 October 2012



Vaibidang (Embelia ribes Burm. f.) is a red listed climbing shrub found in the semi-evergreen to evergreen forests of India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and China, whose fruits are used in a large number of Ayurvedic formulations. It is traditionally used as analgesic, antipyretic, antibacterial, antifertility and anthelmintic in different parts of India. The dosage of traditional medicine prepared from this herb varies from region to region. Ripening and timely harvesting are also an important factor for the potency of this herb. Introducing fully mature seeds for raising planting materials is only an accessible way of its propagation.


Key words: Traditional, Myrsinaceae, ayurvedic, embelin, Arunachal Pradesh.