A review on ethno medicinal plants for joint diseases from Assam, India
Selim Mehmud, Dr. Amit Swarnakar
Medicinal plants have been used for centuries in almost all parts of the world. The disease process is not new and the humans are facing these problems since centuries. Proper medicaments are been carried out in different forms and different techniques. Use of medicinal plants are the primary sources in those days and till today the reliability is not declined in modern era. Climatic condition of Assam and its neighbouring areas are the primary cause for the influence or trigger of different kinds of diseases and Joint related diseases is one among them. The ethnic tribes are using different kinds of medicinal plant in their day to day life to get rid of such kinds of ailments. The effective plant preparations and habits are declining day to day due to unavailability of the herbs and also lack of interest by the local tribes for proper conservation and uses. The present communication deals with the review of ethno medicinal plants used by different ethnic groups of Assam against various joint diseases like arthritis, joint pain and inflammation, gout, lumbago, rheumatism and sprain. Total 116 species under 100 genera has been reviewed and compiled. 115 of them belong to angiosperms and 1 belongs to pteridophytes. An attempt has been made to document the scientific approaches of these medicinal plants under one umbrella.