Ethnophytomagicotherapeutics among the Tharu tribes in terai belt of northeastern U.P.
Kumar Akhilesh1, Mishra Arvind2, Pandey Saurabh2, Tewari DD3
1Department of Botany, Dr.G. P. R.D. Patel Mahavidhyalay, Araul Kanpur Nagar–209 202.
2Department of Botany, M.D.(P.G.) College, Pratapgarh–230 001.
3Department of Botany, M.L.K.(P.G.) College, Balrampur–271 201, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Devipatan division, situated in Terai belt of North-Eastern Uttar Pradesh is characterized by rich phytogenic diversity and Tribal (Tharu) population. Tharu tribe is endowed with vast knowledge of medicinal plants. They have strong believe in supernatural powers (magicotherapeutic properties) of plants in treatment and prevention of various diseases and troubles. An attempt has been made to document 32 such ethnophytomagicotherapeutics belonging to 26 families and their 41 folk-claims, because, this knowledge is undocumented and is transmitted through oral traditions from generation to generation and is depleting rapidly due to various reasons.