Ethnobotanical studies on medicinal plants of Langate area, Kupwara, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Chandra Kanta, Ishwar Prakash Sharma and Mudasir Ahmad Shiekh
Most of the world population unable to afford pharmaceutical drug and is depend on traditional medicines. In India, Jammu and Kashmir is populated with several ethenic groups having their own knowledge of traditional herbal medicine inherited from their forefathers. The present study deals with the identification, documentation and ethnobotanical exploration with respect to medicinal value of some medicinal plants from Lagnate area in Kupwara District of Jammu and Kashmir, India. In this study, total 23 medicinal plants belonging to 23 genera and 19 families were surveyed from this area which considered the rich resources of valuable ingredients along with they play critical role in the development of human cultures worldwide. Traditional knowledge of plants in many tribal communities is changing because of rapid socio economic and cultural changes. This is particularly true for the Gujjar and Bakerwal tribal’s of Kupwara district. Documentation of this knowledge is valuable for the communities and their future generations of this area. It is considered that special attention should be paid to conserve these valuable Medicinal plants for future generation.