International Journal of
Sociology and Anthropology

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Sociol. Anthropol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-988X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJSA
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 334

Full Length Research Paper

Ethno- medicine of Bhotia tribe in Mana village of Uttarakhand

Anjali Chauhan
  • Anjali Chauhan
  • Department of Anthropology, Sri JNPG College, Lucknow, India.
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  •  Received: 21 February 2014
  •  Accepted: 16 September 2014
  •  Published: 31 October 2014


The present paper is based on field work conducted in village Mana in Joshimath subdivision of the District Chamoli, Uttarakhand, among Bhotias. The group of Bhotias residing in this village belongs to the Marcha Bhotia category and is transhumant in nature. The paper gives an ethnographic background of the Bhotias and then focuses on the major ethno-medicines which are used by these people. These medicines have been in use through the ages. This traditional knowledge is of significance since the health services in this region are limited and these medicines are effective in curing patients. The intellectual property right of these medicines belongs to these people and they must be given the credit for it.


Key words: Mana village, Bhotias, ethno-medicine, traditional knowledge.