Medicinal plants used among the tribals of manendragarh block (Koriya District) C.G
Dr. Mantosh Kumar Sinha
India is one of the world’s 12 mega biodiversity centers having rich vegetation of plant species and a wide variety of medicinal plants along with tradition of plant based knowledge distributed among the vast numbers of ethnic groups. Chhattisgarh is the only state of the country where about 44.2% (59772.2Heq) of the total area of state occupied by the forest. Forest division of northern hilly zone of Chhattisgarh was surveyed to study the distribution pattern and ethno-botanical use of medicinal plants. In this state the percentage of sal and mixed forest is more than the teak forest. The life style of tribal people Depends upon the land. Agriculture, hunting, fishing, collection of forest products, bamboo work or labour of any kind is their livelihood. The tribal people depend on forests for their livelihood and most of the rural people still depend on traditional medicine as a primary healthcare source. The paper highlights the rich plant resources and the vast wealth of ethnobotanical information available with the various tribes of the region. In this paper, some new and less known ethno medicinal uses of 55 plants species of Angiosperm belonging to 30 families, used by the tribes of district Koriya.(C.G.) to treat human in different ailments have been reported.. The ethnomedicinal information was gathered from interviews with living elders of the study area.