Ethnomedicinal formulations of a Garo tribal healer in Haluaghat, Mymensingh district, Bangladesh
KM Istieake Ahmed, Md Soriful Bashar, Umme Tahiratul Tanny, Nahida Akter, Biplob Kumer Mandal, Erena Islam and Dr. Mohammed Rahmatullah
Indigenous people or tribes, because of a long history of association with plants, can form a valuable source of information on the therapeutic properties of a given plant or plant part. Most tribal practitioners use simple plant-based formulations for treatment of ailments. However, some are knowledgeable enough to use polyherbal formulations along with other non-plant ingredients. The objective of this study was to document the medicinal practices of a Garo tribal medicinal practitioner (GTMP) practicing in Haluaghat region of Mymensingh district, Bangladesh, who used polyherbal formulations. Interviews of the GTMP were carried out with the help of a semi-structured questionnaire and the guided field-walk method. In his various formulations, the GTMP was found to use a total of 45 plant species distributed into 29 families. The GTMP also used a number of minerals in some formulations. Taken together, these complex formulations of the GTMP, if properly researched upon, may prove beneficial in the preparation of effective herbal therapeutics and so provide people with an affordable and less costly mode of treatment.
KM Istieake Ahmed, Md Soriful Bashar, Umme Tahiratul Tanny, Nahida Akter, Biplob Kumer Mandal, Erena Islam and Dr. Mohammed Rahmatullah. Ethnomedicinal formulations of a Garo tribal healer in Haluaghat, Mymensingh district, Bangladesh. Journal of Medicinal Plants Studies. 2017; 5(1): 219-223.