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Year : 1986  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 255-261

Ethnomedicine of bhil tribe of Jhabua district, M. P.**


Ethnobotany and Conservation Discipline, National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow - 226 001, India

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J K Maheshwari
Ethnobotany and Conservation Discipline, National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow - 226 001
India
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The Bhils are inhabitants of Dhar, Jhabua, Khargone and Ratlam distrcits of Madhya Pradesh. A large number of Bhils live in the neighbouring States of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan. They constitute the third largest tribe of India; the first two being Gonds and Santhals. They utilize a large number of plant species occurring wild in the district as herbal remedies in various diseases and ailments. An ethno-medico-botanical survey was conducted in the tribal blocks. Viz. Kathiware, Alirajpur and Sodhwa blocks of Jhabua district, M. P. The authors have gathered first-hand information on seventy - five plant species and their mode of therapeutic uses from the tribal medicine men 'Badwa' and other experienced tribals. The present study has brought of light some interesting data on potential medicinal plants which will be screened for determining their therapeutic and pharmacodynamic properties.


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