Society for Economic Botany/BSA Economic Botany Section
Paudel , Babu Ram .
Ethno-Phytotherapy in the Lekhnath Municipality,Kaski, the Mid-Hills of Nepal.
Lekhnath Municipality,extends, in the 'Oriental Realm', between the north parallels of 250 7' and 280 10' and east meridians of 83050' and 84050'. Situated in the mountainous region of the southern Himalayas and trapped between the higher Himalayas in the north and Mahabharat range in the south, it occupies central position in the country. Lekhnath Municipality is rich in both biodiversity and cultural diversity. It includes the biodiversity rich forest and wetlands, both of which are declared as biodiversity hot spot in Nepal. The study analyzed the indigenous knowledge of medicinal plants and their uses among the different ethnic groups living within the municipality. Data were collected in one year period through interviews, interaction and workshop with local people , traditional healers (Baidhya,Dhami and Amchis) and traditional followers. A total of 217 plants were found being used by the local healers for the treatment of more than 50 different prevailing diseases within the communities. Spiritual belief, minimum or no side effect, cheap and easy availability are the causes of dependency on traditional healing practice. Enforcement of local bodies in management of plant resources and legitimating traditional knowledge and practice could help to preserve indigenous knowledge.
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1 - Tribhuwan University, Shubhashree College, Kathmandu, Nepal
Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Sections
Location: Khorassan Ballroom/Chase Park Plaza
Date: Monday, July 11th, 2011
Time: 5:45 PM