Some home remedies used in Kalindi village of Dhaka district, Bangladesh
Dibakor Sharma Sourav, Khoshnur Jannat, Nusrat Kamal, and Mohammed Rahmatullah
Home remedies offer a cheap, quick and efficient mean for treatment of common illnesses, which does not usually necessitate going to a qualified medical practitioner or hospital. At the same time, quite occasionally home remedies are used for treatment of complicated diseases like diabetes or cardiovascular disorders. As such, documentation of home remedies is important for such remedies can provide insights into the therapeutic properties of the items used for treatment. The objective of the present study was to document some home remedies used in Kalindi village in Dhaka district, Bangladesh. Essentially, the information was obtained from one housewife of the village, who was particularly knowledgeable in home remedies. The informant gave treatment information on 12 plants distributed into 9 families. Although all her formulations contained plants, one formulation also used Himalayan rock salt along with plant. The various formulations were used for treatment of fever, helminthiasis, respiratory tract infections, jaundice, ear infections and heart disorders, gastrointestinal tract disorders, bleeding from gums, toothache, and skin disorders. One plant was used as a galactagogue that is to increase milk production in lactating mothers. The plants can form a useful source of information for further scientific studies, especially plants used to treat heart disorders, jaundice, and skin disorders.