Traditional use of Indigenous plants in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir to cure Jaundice and Rheumatism
Sameer Ahmad Thoker, Sapan Patel
A study of medicinal plants of different rural and forest area of Shopian district was conducted. It was found that the drug prepration of plant origin is commonly used by Gujjars and Bakkarwals for the treatment of jaundice and Rheumatism. Jaundice and Rheumatism are the commonest ailments affecting the citizens of district Shopian. An ethnomedicinal survey of plants used for the treatment of Jaundice and Rheumatism was conducted in district Shopian of Jammu and Kashmir. A total number of 7 plant species have been documented for their medicinal use against jaundice and rheumatism. The commonly used species for their effects are Asteraceae, Rubiaceae, Ranunculaceae, Cannabaceae, Lamiaceae, Scrophulariaceae and Urticaceae. The study indicates that the local inhabitants depend on medicinal plants for treatment. This work suggests that further experimentation is needed to scientifically evaluate these widely used herbal remedies for possible bioactive effects.