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Ethnomedicinal Plants Used in the Health Care System: Survey of the Mid Hills of Solan District, Himachal Pradesh, India

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Chemical and Biochemical Processing Division, ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology, Mumbai 400019, India
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School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences, Solan 173229, India
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School of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences, Solan 173229, India
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Department of Food, Nutrition and Packaging Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634, USA
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Division of Crop Physiology, Biochemistry and Post-Harvest Technology, ICAR-Central Potato Research Institute, Shimla 171001, India
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Department of Vegetable Science, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore 641003, India
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HCP Division, ICAR-Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering and Technology, Abohar 152116, India
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ICAR—National Research Centre on Pomegranate, Solapur 413255, India
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Dr. S.S. Bhatnagar University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Panjab University, Chandigarh 160014, India
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Division of Crop Improvement, ICAR—Central Institute for Arid Horticulture, Bikaner 334006, India
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Division of Horticulture, RCSM College of Agriculture, Kolhapur 416004, India
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Department of Agricultural Botany, RCSM College of Agriculture, Kolhapur 416004, India
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Department of Food Science and Technology, Dr. Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni 173230, India
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Department of Rural Development and Agricultural Extension, College of Agriculture, Wolaita Sodo University, Wolaita Sodo P.O. Box 138, Ethiopia
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ICAR—Indian Institute of Maize Research, Ludhiana 141004, India
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Department of Botany and Microbiology, H.N.B. Garhwal University, Srinagar 246174, India
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ICAR—National Research Centre for Orchids, Pakyong 737106, India
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Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, 10-748 Olsztyn, Poland
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Clinic for Conservative Dentistry and Periodontology, School of Dental Medicine, Christian Albrecht’s University, 24105 Kiel, Germany
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Academic Editors: Othmane Merah, Milan S. Stankovic, Rodomiro Ortiz and Purushothaman Chirakkuzhyil Abhilash
Plants 2021, 10(9), 1842; https://doi.org/10.3390/plants10091842
Received: 17 July 2021 / Revised: 2 September 2021 / Accepted: 3 September 2021 / Published: 5 September 2021
The study was performed in the mid hills of the Dharampur region in Solan district of Himachal Pradesh, India. At the study site, a total of 115 medicinal plants were documented (38 trees, 37 herbs, 34 shrubs, 5 climbers, 1 fern, and 1 grass). In the study region, extensive field surveys were performed between March 2020 and August 2021. Indigenous knowledge of wild medicinal plants was collected through questionnaires, discussions, and personal interviews during field trips. Plants with their correct nomenclature were arranged by botanical name, family, common name, habitat, parts used, routes used, and diseases treated. In the present study, the predominant family was Rosaceae, which represented the maximum number of plant species, 10, followed by Asteraceae and Lamiaceae, which represented 8 plant species. The rural inhabitants of the Dharampur region in the Solan district have been using local plants for primary health care and the treatment of various diseases for a longer time. However, information related to the traditional knowledge of medicinal plants was not documented. The rural inhabitants of the Dharampur region reported that the new generation is not so interested in traditional knowledge of medicinal plants due to modernization in society, so there is an urgent need to document ethnomedicinal plants before such knowledge becomes inaccessible and extinct. View Full-Text
Keywords: ethnobotany; traditional medicine; use value; rural inhabitant ethnobotany; traditional medicine; use value; rural inhabitant
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Kumar, M.; Radha; Devi, H.; Prakash, S.; Rathore, S.; Thakur, M.; Puri, S.; Pundir, A.; Bangar, S.P.; Changan, S.; Ilakiya, T.; Samota, M.K.; Damale, R.D.; Singh, S.; Berwal, M.K.; Dhumal, S.; Bhoite, A.G.; Sharma, A.; Senapathy, M.; Bhushan, B.; Maurya, V.K.; Asha; Natta, S.; Amarowicz, R.; Mekhemar, M. Ethnomedicinal Plants Used in the Health Care System: Survey of the Mid Hills of Solan District, Himachal Pradesh, India. Plants 2021, 10, 1842. https://doi.org/10.3390/plants10091842

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Kumar M, Radha, Devi H, Prakash S, Rathore S, Thakur M, Puri S, Pundir A, Bangar SP, Changan S, Ilakiya T, Samota MK, Damale RD, Singh S, Berwal MK, Dhumal S, Bhoite AG, Sharma A, Senapathy M, Bhushan B, Maurya VK, Asha, Natta S, Amarowicz R, Mekhemar M. Ethnomedicinal Plants Used in the Health Care System: Survey of the Mid Hills of Solan District, Himachal Pradesh, India. Plants. 2021; 10(9):1842. https://doi.org/10.3390/plants10091842

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Kumar, Manoj, Radha, Himani Devi, Suraj Prakash, Sonia Rathore, Mamta Thakur, Sunil Puri, Ashok Pundir, Sneh P. Bangar, Sushil Changan, Tamilselvan Ilakiya, Mahesh K. Samota, Rahul D. Damale, Surinder Singh, Mukesh K. Berwal, Sangram Dhumal, Anilkumar G. Bhoite, Anshu Sharma, Marisennayya Senapathy, Bharat Bhushan, Vineet K. Maurya, Asha, Suman Natta, Ryszard Amarowicz, and Mohamed Mekhemar. 2021. "Ethnomedicinal Plants Used in the Health Care System: Survey of the Mid Hills of Solan District, Himachal Pradesh, India" Plants 10, no. 9: 1842. https://doi.org/10.3390/plants10091842

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