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Abstract

ETHNOBOTANY OF PADHARKAWADA WITH SPECIAL REFERANCE TO PLANTS USED IN VETERINARY MEDICINE

*Purushottam G. Dhawale and Manoj R. Kakpure

ABSTRACT

The present paper deals with plants used in veterinary medicine in Padharkawada of Yavatmal district. The folk knowledge about medicinal plants is still prevalent in the region. The increasing force of acculturation in the area indicated urgency in recording such data. A field study was carried out during 2019-2020. It was aimed at documentation, analysis and assessment of ethnobotanical knowledge in the study area. We performed structural interviews as well as open discussions with about 5-8 informants (with age between 50-65). It is compared with literature available to date. 45 plant species belonging to 33 families have been reported as employed by the rural folks and tribals. A list of a plant species along with their family, local name, plant parts used, medicinal recipe and mode of administration for effective control of different ailments. These remedies are mostly extended for cows, calves, bullocks, buffaloes, goats and sheeps. The main ailments treated are dysentery, wounds, to increase milk, fever, stomach-ache, flatulence, White in eyes, Poor vision, Bone fracture, twisting of leg, intestinal swelling, cramp, Worms in wounds, Enteritis, pneumonia, Sunstroke, mowasa, mouth and foot disease. In few cases, the use of these remedies is also consistent with their use in human medicine.

Keywords: Ethnobotany, Veterinary medicine, Traditional knowledge, Pandharkawada.


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