Plants used as medicine by Juang tribes of Keonjhar district, Odisha, India

Author(s): Suchitra Rout; Sitaram Prasad Panda* and Hemant Kumar Patra

Abstract

Studies on Juang tribe’s dependence on forest for their livelihood security are few for Odisha. Ethnomedicinal observations in the district with a potential diversity of medicinal plants have been studied. The study yielded 20 plant species belonging to 18 families those were frequently used in the treatment of various diseases and ailments by the tribal people of Juang of Keonjhar district. The forest dwellers usually collect these rare plants from the nearby forest areas which are easily accessible and medicines are prepared under the guidance of Vaidyas. This communication throws a preliminary idea about the application of traditional medicines against various serious diseases and the plants screened by the Juang tribes to be used as medicine.

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