Journal of
Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy

  • Abbreviation: J. Pharmacognosy Phytother.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2502
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPP
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 223

Full Length Research Paper

Two new polyphenolic compounds from Ficus retusa L."variegata" and the biological activity of the different plant extracts

Taha M. Sarg, Fawkeya A. Abbas*, Zeinab I. El-Sayed and Ahmed M. Mustafa
 Pharmacognosy Department, Faculty of Pharmacy, Zagazig University, Zagazig – 44519, Egypt.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 04 May 2011
  •  Published: 31 August 2011


The present ethnobotanical exploration documents phytotherapeutical practices in Mayurbhanj district of Orissa, eastern India. It is primarily based on field surveys and taxonomic identification of plants carried out in villages, where dwellers provided information on plant species used as medicine, parts used to prepare the remedies, and the illnesses to which the remedies were prescribed. One hundred and twelve plants from sixty two families were described, which are therapeutically used against different ailments such as cough, diarrhea, chronic dysentery, chronic constipation, jaundice, menstrual problem, piles, snakebite, rheumatism, tuberculosis, diabetes, leprosy, skin diseases etc. The plant parts namely; leaf, bark, seed, root, tuber, fruit and whole plant were used in raw or cooked forms. The most important medicinal plant families were: Asteraceae, Euphorbiaceae, Fabaceae, Rutaceae, Solanaceae and Zingiberaceae. These phytotherapeutical resources were used for the cure of 45 illnesses.


Key words: Mayurbhanj, Orissa, phytotherapy, traditional knowledge, tribals.