Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3761

Full Length Research Paper

Ethnomedicinal plants of Chamba district, Himachal Pradesh, India

Savita Rani1, J. C. Rana1* and P. K. Rana2
1National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources Regional Station, Phagli, Shimla (HP) – 171 004, India. 2Department of Botany, Punjabi University Patiala (Punjab) 147 002, India.
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  •  Accepted: 26 October 2013
  •  Published: 10 November 2013

Abstract

Importance of medicinal plants in traditional healthcare practices provides clues to new areas of research and biodiversity conservation is now well known. However, information on the use of plants for medicinal purpose is lacking from many tribal areas of Himachal Pradesh. Keeping this in view, the present study was undertaken in a tribal dominated area of Chamba district, to look for the diversity of plant resources, used by local people for curing various ailments. Questionnaire surveys, field visits and participatory observations were planned to collect information about the uses of various plants. It was found that 50 plant species are being commonly used by local people to cure 26 diseases. In most of the cases, leaves (40%) followed by roots (24%) were used to cure many health problems. New medicinal uses of Achyranthes bidentata, Cannabis sativa and Stellaria monosperma were also reported for the first time.

Key words: Medicinal plants, Chamba district, Himachal Pradesh.