Ethnomedicinal uses of plants by major ethnic groups of Hilly Districts in Nepal: A review

  • Mahamad Sayab Miya Institute of Forestry, Pokhara Campus, Tribhuvan University, Pokhara, Nepal
  • Sachin Timilsina Institute of Forestry, Pokhara Campus, Tribhuvan University, Pokhara, Nepal
  • Apeksha Chhetri Institute of Forestry, Pokhara Campus, Tribhuvan University, Pokhara, Nepal

Abstract

Plants are used as ethnomedicine by indigenous people living all around the world. In Nepal, plants are being used for healing diseases since a long period by various ethnic groups of rural areas due to difficulty in the availability of modern medicines. Many researchers have contributed to the documentation of ethnomedicinal knowledge on plants in Nepal; however few studies have been carried out on hilly districts. Our study aims to review and compile all the published research documents on ethnomedicinal uses of plants by various ethnic groups of hilly districts in Nepal. Altogether 35 published documents till August 2020, accessed through Google Scholar and Research Gate were selected for our study. A total of 215 plant species from 93 families was found to be used for the treatment of 139 types of diseases by 10 ethnic groups of 13 hilly districts. Also, leaves were used for the treatment of maximum numbers of diseases (69). Plants from Fabaceae, Asteraceae, and Poaceae, etc. were used to treat major diseases like; diabetes, asthma, stomachache, fever, jaundice, etc. Traditional knowledge on medicinal uses of plants is needed to be explored and documented to preserve traditional medicinal knowledge as well as medicinal plants.

Keywords: Disease, Ethnomedicine, Ethnic group, Indigenous people, Medicinal plant

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