Indigenous Knowledge of Medicinal Plants of Hai Valley, Adjoining Border of District Buner and District Shangla, Pakistan
Shariat Ullah, Ghazala Yasmeen, Noor Muhammad
Indigenous knowledge of medicinal plants was gathered during March-August 2017, in Hai valley, District Buner Pakistan. The study comprises 98 plants distributed in 82 genera and 50 families. The aim of this study was to enlist information’s about the interaction of various communities of the vicinity with plant wealth. It was found that local communities have ridiculous tradition of using natural plant resources for their common day ailments. Local inhabitants both men and women believe that these plants based medicines are easily available, cheap and with no side effects. It was found that common disorders such as fever, cold, cough and diarrhea could be treated by simple herbal teas. The reason for using medicinal plants by the local people of the area was that they are poor and cannot effort to pay for expensive synthetic drugs. It is suggested that plants based industries and markets should be encouraged in the area to alleviate the poverty problems of local communities.