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African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines
African Ethnomedicines Network
ISSN: 0189-6016
Vol. 4, No. 1, 2007, pp. 112-120
Bioline Code: tc07004
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2007, pp. 112-120

 en TREATMENT OF COMMON AILMENTS BY PLANT-BASED REMEDIES AMONG THE PEOPLE OF DISTRICT ATTOCK (PUNJAB) OF NORTHERN PAKISTAN
Mushtaq Ahmad, Mir Ajab Khan, Muhammad Zafar and Shazia Sultana

Abstract

District Attock is one of the resource-based areas of medicinal plants in the north of Punjab province of Pakistan. The local people of the area have always used medicinal plants for their common ailments by traditional methods. Indigenous knowledge of local people about medicinal plants is directly linked to their culture and history. It is therefore felt worthwhile to record the indigenous knowledge about the plant-based remedies. The present communication deals with the common diseases treated by plant based remedies such as abdominal pain and worms, asthma, cough and bronchitis, cold, flu, influenza, diabetes, diarrheoa, dysentery, digestive disorders, ear infections and eye complaints. 25 species belonging to 25 genera were used for common ailments. It was found that plant based remedies were used in effective prescriptions, which are simple, inexpensive, and acceptable among the local inhabitants of the area.

Keywords
Ailments, medicinal plants, Attock, Pakistan

 
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