Phytotherapeutic practices of a folk medicinal practitioner in Kishoreganj district, Bangladesh
Shipa, Amirunnesa, Sultana Koli, Khushi Akter, SM Shatil Shahriar and Mohammed Rahmatullah
Folk medicinal practitioners (FMPs) of Bangladesh are traditional medicinal practitioners found throughout Bangladesh and whose main mode of practice is treatment with plants or phytotherapy. Their selection of plants is very diverse, and properly documented, can possibly lead to not only enrichment of knowledge of medicinal plants but also discovery of new drugs. The objective of the present study was to document the phytotherapeutic practices of a FMP from Najir Dighi village in Kishoreganj district, Bangladesh. The FMP was found to use a total of 15 plants distributed in to 15 families in his treatment. The formulations were extremely simple, all formulations being monoherbal. The diseases treated included jaundice, piles, gastrointestinal disorders like diarrhea, gastric trouble, stomach pain and dysentery, cholera, paralysis, hypertension, respiratory tract disorders, pain, snake bite, conjunctivitis, irregular menstruation, fever, leprosy, arthritis, bleeding, vomiting, and inflammation. The manifold uses of the plants strongly suggest that the FMP possessed good knowledge of medicinal properties of plants or plant parts and which can benefit people with various types of diseases.
Shipa, Amirunnesa, Sultana Koli, Khushi Akter, SM Shatil Shahriar, Mohammed Rahmatullah. Phytotherapeutic practices of a folk medicinal practitioner in Kishoreganj district, Bangladesh. J Med Plants Stud 2018;6(1):240-242.