Diversity in the use of phytomedicines by some ethnic people of Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal, India
Samita Manna, Chanchal Kumar Manna
The present study deals with about sixty three plants belonging to thirty two families used by three ethnic people e.g., the Lodha, the Santal and the Munda of the district Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal, INDIA. These plants are mainly used by the medicine men of the particular tribal people for the treatment of various types of diseases. During the time of application, people of the three tribal communities, worship their deities and perform various magical practices uttering incantation or commonly used the term as ‘mantra’. A close scrutiny of these plants clearly indicates that there is a diversity in the use of plants for the treatment of seven types of common diseases e.g., cough & cold, stomach upset, vomiting, fever, etc. These medicinal plants have been used by the tribal people for the time immemorial but the efficacies of these medicines are not yet properly established. So proper documentations of these plants are highly appreciated.