Some phyto-home remedies used in Kaoraid village of Gazipur district, Bangladesh
Dibakor Sharma Sourav, Khoshnur Jannat and Mohammed Rahmatullah
A number of phyto-remedies are used as home remedies by the people of Bangladesh. It is not certain how such home remedies came into existence, but possibly trials and error in households led to establishment of a particular remedy. This would explain why home remedies vary quite widely from area to area in Bangladesh. As home remedies by themselves can be good primary sources for further scientific studies, it is of interest to document such remedies towards further scientific research. The present study documents the use of 21 plants distributed into 16 families in the village of Kaoraid in Gazipur district of Bangladesh. The plants were used to treat various common and relatively simple ailments like respiratory tract disorders, tooth infections, gastrointestinal disorders, pain, fever, skin disorders, and hoarseness of voice. Of more interest are the home remedies that were used for treatment of epilepsy, kidney stones, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and liver disorders. It is also to be noted that most of the plants had multiple uses indicating that the common people had a fairly good knowledge of the therapeutic properties of plants. Taken together, the plants add to the growing repertoire of documented home remedies of Bangladesh.