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Society for Economic Botany/BSA Economic Botany Section

Aziz , Idris Jameel [1], Bashir, Anbreen [1].

Plants And Vision.

Life on this planet would not be complete without the role played by plants. The mutidisciplinary approach of ethnobotany gives us an insight in to the role played by plants in many cultures including their medicinal use. The Himalayan mountain range, well known for its richness in floral diversity, extends along the northern frontiers of countries like Nepal and India. Traditional health care systems have long been used in these places for healing. Information about medicinal plants was written on palm leaves (Saushrut Nighantu) as early as 879 AD. Our aim was to study the medicinal plants that could treat various eye diseases. Plants like Ervetamia coronaria and Achyranthes aspera have widely been used for eye diseases like conjunctivitis by various tribes in Nepal and India. Medicinal plants are still being used by eastern homeopathic treatment institutes in these countries. Many factors like habitat loss and deforestation combined with over harvesting have resulted in dwindling of some of this herb treasure. Secondly, we wanted to identify the main causes of decline in the number of medicinal plants and the status of their conservation.

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1 - Harris-Stowe State University, Arts & Science, Laclede Ave., St. Louis, MO, 63103, USA

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Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Sections
Session: P
Location: Khorassan Ballroom/Chase Park Plaza
Date: Monday, July 11th, 2011
Time: 5:45 PM
Number: PEN027
Abstract ID:972

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