Medicinal Plants of Meghalaya
RARE MEDICINAL PLANTS OF MEGHALAYA

Based on a paper published in the Indian Journal Traditional Knowledge in May 2006.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THIS EBOOK
  • Highlights of a paper on herbal remedies among the Khasi traditional healers and village folks in Meghalaya By S R Hynniewta & Yogendra Kumar published in May 2006.
  • A list of 54 herbal plants used by traditional healers of Meghalaya
  • First-hand information on the herbal remedies, including mode of application and dosage*
  • The Zizira touch:
    • An image of all the plants
    • Curated content providing you additional information on each medicinal plant with related links.

*These were obtained with great difficulty as the traditional healers are not always open to sharing their knowledge.

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INTRODUCTION

SR Hynniewta & Yogendra Kumar, two scientists from the Department of Botany, North-Eastern Hill University,
Shillong, through an ethnobotanical survey, set out to gather information on the herbal remedies practiced in
Meghalaya.
Why? They wanted to document the vast knowledge possessed by traditional healers, most of which was passed
on only by word of mouth.
“Therefore, it is interesting to record the traditional wisdom about plant wealth of their surroundings
though there is a steady decline in human expertise capable of recognizing various medicinal plants. A
paper was brought forward based on the folklore medico-botany of the Khasi and Jaintia tribes in
Meghalaya” write the authors.
But information was not easy to come as the practitioners were not ready to share their knowledge – it was like a
trade secret. The end result of the hard work they itemized 54 plant species that were being used as herbal

IMPORTANT OBSERVATION
  • It was noticed that the expertise of traditional healing was being handed down from one generation to the next.
  • The traditional healers practiced either at home or at a set place in the weekly market.

  • Each village had one or two traditional healers.

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HOW THE ETHNOBOTANICAL SURVEY WENT

WHEN

The survey was conducted from January 2005 to April 2006.

WHERE

The District of:

  • West Khasi Hills.
  • East Khasi Hills.
  • Ri-bhoi.

WHO

  • Traditional Healer.
  • People who has been successfully treated.
  • Village elders who had experience with traditional medicine.

OUTPUT

  • The medicinal Plants recorded during the work listed is in alphabetical orders by botanical names.
  • Herbal remedies using each plants recorded
THINGS TAKEN CARE OF
  • Guidance from village headman, community leaders and priests were sought.

  • All the season were covered.

  • The spicemen were collected by field visits and identified.

  • The final identification was by the Herbarium of the Botany Department of North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU)

  • Get ready for the list of 54 medicinal plants identified in this survey as being.
  • Used by traditional healers in Meghalaya.
  • Arranged in the alphabetical order of their Botanical name.
  • The family name and the local name of each medicinal plant provided.
  • Herbal remedies with each of the plants given.
  • Zizira researched additional information, related links and an image of each plant. 
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