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8th Edition of International Conference on

Traditional Medicine, Ethnomedicine and Natural Therapies

June 05-07, 2025 | Rome, Italy

Traditional Medicine 2023

Ethnomedicines used by tribal communities of Gautala Sanctuary of India

Speaker at Traditional Medicine, Ethnomedicine and Natural Therapies 2023 - Rafiuddin Naser
Maulana Azad College of Arts, Science & Commerce, India
Title : Ethnomedicines used by tribal communities of Gautala Sanctuary of India

Abstract:

The tribal communities like Banjara, Bhil, Andh, Pardhi, Thakar etc. resides in mountain areas of Gautala Sanctuary, are still dependent upon wild plants for their primary healthcare, and treatment of diseases. They collect the useful plant from the forests and cultivated fields and utilizes these plant materials as raw drugs. These communities have acquired good knowledge on the useful and harmful properties of the beneficial plant resources in course of their constant association with forest and agro ecosystems. Gauatala forest located in taluka Kannad Dist. Aurangabad (MS-India) is well known and considered as an important “hot spot” of plants and also of animal diversity. It covers a total area of 26,061.19 hectares (64,399 acres) with Reserved Forest Areas of 19706 ha. Forest dependent communities particularly  Banjara, Bhil, Andh, Pardhi, Thakar etc. lives in this areas. Very little work on the Ethnobotany of this region is carried out except for sporadic mention in floristic studies by Naik and his students (1998). But no one has given partial wattage for the study of Ethnobotany and Pharmacognosy of Gautala Sanctuary. Due to this reason present problem is taken for investigation. The generated knowledge is expected to useful for planning of conservation of rare and endangered species in this area. Pharmacognostical investigation is useful for Ayurveda, Unani, Siddaha and all traditional medicinal practices. Information gathered from local informants among indigenous people like traditional medicinal  practitioners such as Shaman , Bhagats Vaidus and Punjaros, and experienced village elders, Knowledgeable women, Farmers etc. and by direct observations  on the way of different plant material were being collected and used plants were identified. Some of the plants like Abelmoschus esculentus (L.) Achyranthes aspera (L.), Amaranthus spinosus (L), Bacopa monnieri (L.), Ficus religiosa (L.), Nyctanthes arbertistis (L.), Operculina turpethum (L.), Ventilago denticulata (Roxb) etc. are utilized by these indigenous people for various purpose. The present investigation is a humble attempt to documentation & conservation of these plants for the preservation of the traditional knowledge of the plant resources which is endemic to this area

Biography:

Dr. Rafiuddin Naser is a Head, Department of Botany, Maulana Azad College of Arts, Science & Commerce, Dr. Rafiq Zakaria Campus, Aurangabad (MS) INDIA. His specialization is Ethnobotany and Pharmacognocy. He is only the National Awardee Teacher from the region. He is having teaching experience of 33 years. He is a author of 42 books, 400 articles, 39 research papers and more than 140 Radio and TV talks. He travelled more than 18 countries and presented his research papers, he is a visiting faculty and Ph.D. Referee of Cairo University, Egypt. He is a recognized Ph.D.Guide of 4 Universities from Indian Universities. He completed three research projects, and participated more than 90 National and International Conferences inside the country as well as outside the country. He is a recipient of International Awards in France, Bhutan and Nepal. He got Birbal Savitri Sahani International Award 2006, he also got fellowships of IBS, EBSI & SLSC. He also received National Awards on his books from West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra state Urdu Sahitya Academies. Besides these awards Dr. Rafiuddin Naser received many other awards and recognitions.

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