Ethnomedicinal Survey of Plants in the Southern District Noakhali, Bangladesh

Authors

  • Rajesh Bhowmik Department of Pharmacy, Noakhali Science and Technology University, Noakhali
  • Monika Rani Saha Department of Pharmacy, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi-6205
  • Md Ajijur Rahman Department of Pharmacy, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi-6205
  • Md Anwar Ul Islam Department of Pharmacy, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi-6205

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/bpj.v17i2.22342

Keywords:

Ethnomedicinal, Traditional medicine, folk medicine, medicinal plants

Abstract

Many modern medicines used today were discovered by extracting active chemicals from plants used in traditional medicine. To identify and locate any new and potential therapeutic aaplications of commonly used medicinal plants by the folk medicinal practitioners of Noakhali, Bangladesh, we conducted a survery with a semi-structured questionnaire using the guided field-walk method. Detailed information was obtained on 143 plants belonging to 62 families. Leaves were mostly used (52%) followed by roots (30.55%) and whole plants (18.74%) along with fruits, barks, seeds, stems and flowers. Gastrointestinal disorders were the most common diseases treated followed by respiratory tract infections, weakness, fever, diabetes, skin disorders, sexually transmitted diseases, hepatic disorders, pain and rheumatism. Some plants were also used for the treatment of cancer, hypertension, nerve disorders, helmenthiasis, urinary tract infections, tuberculosis, leucorrhea, edema and chicken pox. The findings of this study may help the scientists to get a comprehensive view of the folk medicinal practices in Bangladesh and can use the results to identify medicinal plants of therapeutic interests

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3329/bpj.v17i2.22342

Bangladesh Pharmaceutical Journal 17(2): 205-214, 2014

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2015-02-21

How to Cite

Bhowmik, R., Saha, M. R., Rahman, M. A., & Islam, M. A. U. (2015). Ethnomedicinal Survey of Plants in the Southern District Noakhali, Bangladesh. Bangladesh Pharmaceutical Journal, 17(2), 205–214. https://doi.org/10.3329/bpj.v17i2.22342

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