Medicinal plants diversity and their uses for Gynecological Disorders of District Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir, India

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Jan, Muatasim, Mir, Tawseef Ahmad, Jan, Hammad Ahmad, Khare, Rakesh Kumar


Research Articles | Published: 25 January, 2022

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Keywords: Medicinal plants, Ethno-gynecology, Phytoremedies, Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir


Abstract


Medicinal plants play an important role in the treatment of different gynecological problems. Present study aims to evaluate the medicinal plants used for the treatment of various gynecological problems in Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir. To date, no study is conducted on ethno-gynecology in the study area. This study was carried-out from September 2019 to August 2020 to document ethno-gynecological data about 73 collected plant species through semi-structured questionnaire and face to face interviews and group discussions with the tribal people, traditional healers and midwives. The collected data was analyzed quantitatively through use value (UV), fidelity level (FL), relative frequency of citation (RFC), and informant consensus factor (ICF). Leaves (29%) were the most frequently used plant part. Decoction (40%) was most preferred preparation mode of medicine. The post-partum disorders had the highest ICF value (87%). The highest FL value (100%) was obtained for Cuscuta reflexa for contraceptive, Centaurea iberica for lactation, and Notholirion thomsonianum as uterine tonic. Foeniculum vulgare, Taraxacum officinale, Cannabis sativa, Artemisia absinthium and Punica granatum have the highest UV and RFC. According to the results of the study we recommend the phytochemical and pharmacological investigation of plants having high UV, RFC and FL values for the discovery of novel drugs for female reproductive healthcare.

Medicinal plants, Ethno-gynecology, Phytoremedies, Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir


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Acknowledgements


The authors are thankful to management of Government Model Science College, Jiwaji University, Gwalior, India for providing necessary facilities and support to carry out this work. Authors are highly indebted to local population of Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir for sharing their indigenous medicinal plant knowledge without which work would have not been completed. Authors are grateful to Mr. Akhtar H. Malik, Curator KASH Herbarium, University of Kashmir, J&K, for helping in the identification of plant species. Authors are highly thankful to Mr. Harikesh, IIRS, Dehradun, India for providing us the required maps of the study area.


Author Information


Jan, Muatasim
Centre of Research for Ethnobotany, Government Model Science College, Jiwaji University, Gwalior, India

Mir, Tawseef Ahmad
Centre of Research for Ethnobotany, Government Model Science College, Jiwaji University, Gwalior, India


Jan, Hammad Ahmad
Department of Botany, University of Buner, Swari, Pakistan

hajmughul@yahoo.com Khare, Rakesh Kumar
Centre of Research for Ethnobotany, Government Model Science College, Jiwaji University, Gwalior, India