Ethnomedicinal plants used against skin diseases by the tribals of Kuchinda sub-division of Sambalpur district in western Odisha
Rasmita Nath and Lalit Mohan Behera
Medicinal plants have been used since time immemorial and play an important role in life of human being. It has also been accepted by the people of developing countries. The art of herbal treatment has very deep root in Indian culture; people use the plants not only for curing diseases but also during various ceremonies. The present paper highlights on the study of ethnomedicinal plants used to treat skin problems by the people and tribals of Kuchinda sub-division of Sambalpur district in western Odisha. The study was focused on identifying medicinal plants, parts used, methods of preparation, and process of administration. The data was collected using interview and questionnaires by selecting different groups of people. A total of 28 medicinal plant species are described from the study area used for treating various skin diseases.