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Traditional Folk Herbal Medicines

S.S. Katewa (Author) Anita Jain (Author)

Ethnobotany is emerging as a new branch of study documenting the age-old wisdom and knowledge of the ethnic societies (tribals) about the utility of diverse plant species (biodiversity) and their miraculous properties as food and medicine, not yet known to the modern world.  Ever since the WHO gave recognition to "Traditional Medicine" in 1976 the herbal folk medicine of ancient times which was temporarily subdued by the modern medicine have staged a come back and a "herbal renaissance" is blooming across the world.  Due to various there has been a gradual decline and deterioration of the tribal medicine which provided effective medicare which provided effective medicare for tribals for ages.  A significant aspect of the local health tradition, particularly that of the tribals and its practitioners is its self reliant nature.  These traditions are entirely autonomous in character and rooted in communities' social tradition and knowledge system and therefore, are holistic and very comprehensive in their approach.  The tribal medicine, if revived and revitalized, can effectively meet the primary health care needs of the tribals and rural communities.  With these objectives in mind, an attempt has been made to document the precious traditional knowledge on folk medicine, which could provide future drugs for some dreadful diseases that plague mankind. The book is based on the original research of the authors, and highlight the ethnomedicinal and ethnoveterinary medicinal importance of about 384 plant species belonging to 97 families. The plant species have been illustrated either by colored photographs and / or line drawings.  A glossary of medical terms used, index of plant species, local names, families (with list of their genera) and subject index have been given.

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About the authors

S.S. Katewa

Dr. S.S. Katewa, Associate Professor, Department of Botany, M.L. Sukhadia University, Udaipur, is Fellow of the “Society of Ethnobotanists” and an active researcher pursuing research in the fields of Ethnobotany, Ecology and Agrostology.  He has guided research under several research projects funded by the University Grant Commission, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Department of Science and Technology, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and Directorate of watershed Development and soil conservation, Govt. of Rajasthan.  Dr. Katewa has published more than 50 research papers in various National and International Journals.  He has produced more than 13 Ph.D.  He has been attending conferences, symposia and seminars in India and abroad.  He is the recipient of ‘Brandis prize’ for the year 1999 by Indian Forester and received “Best Poster Award” at a national symposium in 2001 by the Indian Society of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi.

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Anita Jain

Dr. (Mrs.) Anita Jain is life member of the “Society of Ethnobotanists” and presently working as Research Associate in the Department of Botany, M.L. Sukhadia University, Udaipur (Raj.) in a CSIR funded project entitled” Studies on the folk herbal medicines of Southern Aravalli hills of Rajasthan”.  She obtained her doctorate degree in 2000 on “Systematic and ecological studies hills of Rajastan”.  She has published more than 15 research papers in National and International Journals.  She has been attending several National and International conferences in India and received “Young Scientist Award” for best oral paper presentation in National conference on Environmental Biology at Rajkot in 2002.

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Bibliographic information

Title Traditional Folk Herbal Medicines
Format Hardcover
Date published: 09.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8130100282
length xxiv+350p.