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AN ETHNOVETERINARY STUDY OF SOME MEDICINAL PLANTS OF HARYANA, INDIA

Gitika and Manoj Kumar*

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The present study was undertaken to document the ethnoveterinary knowledge of some medicinal plants of Haryana state, India, during different seasons in the year 2015-2016. During the survey, a total of 42 plant species belonging to 29 families were identified on the basis of their medicinal importance revealed by the local people. For each plant species necessary information like botanical name, family, local name, hindi name, habit, plant part(s) used and their medicinal uses are given. Most dominating families of the studied area are Papilionaceae and Poaceae with 4 species each. The collected medicinal plants showed a different habit (life forms) - herb, shrub, tree and climber. In the present study, leaves are the most widely used plant part of the medicine. This study reveals that the local inhabitants of the area were with a wealth of knowledge about the medicinal plants used to manage their livestock health problems. In the present study, medicinal plants which are used by the local people to cure various livestocks diseases like- indigestion, appetite, cold, cough, fever, constipation, throat infections, mouth and foot diseases, eye problem, skin diseases, bronchitis, diarrhoea, dysentery, removal of retained placenta, removal of the ectoparasites, stomachache, snake or scorpion bite, conjunctivitis, etc. As the rural folk and old aged peoples have long been using medicinal plants for their various ailments, but this information related traditional medicinal uses of plants are not well documented. So, the present study suggested to the documention of medicinal plants and associated indigenous knowledge can be used for the conservation and sustainable use of these plants in the studied area and for validation of these plants for livestockā€Ÿs treatment.

Keywords: Medicinal plants, livestock?s, Haryana, diseases.


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