Based on a paper published in the Indian Journal Traditional Knowledge in May 2006.
*These were obtained with great difficulty as the traditional healers are not always open to sharing their knowledge.
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
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
The traditional healers practiced either at home or at a set place in the weekly market.
Each village had one or two traditional healers.
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)
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