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Treatment of common ailments by plant-based remedies among the people of district Attock (Punjab) of Northern Pakistan

M Ahmed, MA Khan, M Zafar, S 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

The African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines Vol. 4 (1) 2007: pp. 112-120



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