Some plants used in folk medicine in Jhenaidah district
Anju Faridi Lopa and Mohammed Rahmatullah
From ancient times, medicinal plants have played a major role in the health-care of human beings through both preventing and curing diseases. Even in recent days when allopathic medicine appears to be prevailing, attention is switching back to medicinal plants and traditional medicines as viable alternatives of allopathic medicine. This is because of adverse effects of allopathic medicines, emergence of new diseases, and development of allopathic drug-resistant vectors. Since folk medicine is one of the important part of traditional health-care system of Bangladesh, the objective of this study was to document the folk medicinal practices of several folk medicinal practitioners (FMPs) in randomly selected villages of Jhenaidah district, Bangladesh. A total number of 12 plants used for therapeutic purposes were obtained from the FMPs, which plants were distributed into 10 families. The plants were used to treat memory loss, gastrointestinal disorders, rheumatism, pain, skin diseases, tumor, fever, vomiting, weakness, acidity, helminthiasis, respiratory difficulties, jaundice, heartburn, bone fracture and as a contraceptive.