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Abstract

PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION INTO FOLK MEDICINAL PRACTICES OF KHULNA AND BAGERHAT DISTRICTS, BANGLADESH

A.S.M. Homaun Kabir Chowdhury, Md. Hasan Shahriar, Md. Sadekur Rahman, Md. Palash Uddin, Md. Al-Amin, Md. Mizanur Rahman, Md. Towhid Ahmed Bhuiyan, Shadia Afrin, Shuly Chowdhury, Md. Masud-ur-Rahman, A.K. Azad, Mohammed Rahmatullah*

ABSTRACT

Background. Folk medicinal practitioners (Kavirajes) form the primary health-care providers among the rural population of Bangladesh. The objective of this study was to document the folk medicinal practices of two Kavirajes practicing in Khulna and Bagerhat districts of the country. Methods. Interviews of the Kavirajes were carried out with the help of a semi-structured questionnaire and the guided field-walk method. Results. The Kaviraj from Khulna district used 15 plants distributed into 13 families in his formulations. The Kaviraj from Bagerhat district used 10 plants distributed into 10 families in his formulations. A comparative analysis of the plants used showed marked differences in the selection of medicinal plants for treatment by the two Kavirajes. Conclusion. The study suggests that because of the quite individualized nature of treatment by Kavirajes as to selection of medicinal plants and diseases treated, it is necessary to conduct as many surveys as possible among individual Kavirajes to obtain a comprehensive view of the medicinal plants used in the country.

Keywords: Folk medicine, Kaviraj, Khulna, Bagerhat, Bangladesh.


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