Folk medicinal practices in Keraniganj Upazila, Dhaka district, Bangladesh
Amirunnesa, Sultana Koli, Khushi Akter, Shipa, SM Shatil Shahriar and Mohammed Rahmatullah
Folk medicinal practitioners (FMPs) of Bangladesh are un-registered traditional medicinal practitioners who are not required to undergo any formal training and registration before they can practice. Their major mode of treatment is with plants. Contrary to popular beliefs, FMPs can be found practicing in cities, even Dhaka city, the capital of Bangladesh with a population of 15 million people. Although the practices of rural FMPs have been dealt in a few reports, urban and specially Dhaka district FMPs have more or less gone un-noticed. The objective of this study was to document the phytotherapeutic practices of a FMP, who practices in Keraniganj Upazila in Dhaka district. To be noted is that this Upazila adjoins Dhaka city and for most practical purposes is considered a suburb of the city. The FMP was found to use a total of 10 plants distributed in to 9 families in his treatment. The formulations were extremely simple, all formulations being monoherbal. The diseases treated included tonsillitis, headache, loss of appetite, heart disorders, sexual problem, low hemoglobin concentration, prickly heat, bone fracture, eczema, toothache, and helmintic infections. Some of the uses of the present FMP are novel and previously unreported, thus presenting a researcher to conduct appropriate pharmacological studies towards discovery of new drugs.