Traditional knowledge about plant medicine Vs. Socio economic development of the tribal people -a study in Ausgram-1 Block of Birbhum District, West Bengal, India.
Author(s):
Ranjan Paul
Keywords:
Ayurveda, Endangered, Ethnobotany, Modern education.
Abstract
Birbhum district of West Bengal has a long and potential history of tribal culture. They are rich in ethnobotanical knowledge. Almost all the villages there are some elder persons having knowledge of plant medicine and their respective medicinal importance. Due to low side effects and low cost, economically weaker section of the people are to rely on their traditional medicine system. But these age-old knowledge are now on the way of extinction. Kabiraj or Gunins are very much reluctant to make any documentation of their knowledge. this special knowledge always runs through their progenitors. However modern education system are spreading gradually through the young generation of the tribal people. Modern medical system also reached to the tribal village. Younger generation of tribal community are not showing their interest in traditional knowledge. So It is the high time to document their ethnic knowledge which may play a vital role in homeopathy, Ayurveda, and as an indicator of past environment and conservation of nature and natural resources. The present survey in Ausgram block of Birbhum district depicts the similar story. Measure should be taken immediately to preserve this almost endangered highly valued ethno-botanical culture before its complete extinction.
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Unique Paper ID: 154279

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 8, Issue 10

Page(s): 396 - 402
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