Traditional Uses By Local Women Of Important Ethnomedicinal Plants Of Ayubia National Park (Abbottabad), Pakistan

Author

Gilani1 . A., R. A. Qureshi2 & R. Khanum1, Pakistan Museum of Natural History1, Department of Biological Sciences, Quaid-I-Azam University Islamabad, Pakistan.2

Proceeding

1st International Conference & Exhibition on Women's Health & Asian Traditional (WHAT) Medicine

Date

23/8/2005

Keyword

Enthnomedicinal plants, Indigenous uses, local women, medication, health care

Abstract

This paper is based on the results of research conducted on Traditional uses of ethnomedicinal plants by the local women in Ayubia National Park (Abbottabad) Pakistan. The local women of the park have always been using the medicinal plants for various ailments and are dependent on the plants in their surroundings for food, health, medication, and various cultural purposes.  A total of 28 important plant species belonging to 25 Families were recorded which were used medicinally and for other purposes by the local women. About 120 informants were interviewed in this regard. Mostly plants like Viburnum foetens Dcne, Bergenia ciliata (Haw.) Sternb, Berberis lycium Royle, Geranium wallichianum D. Don and Skimmia laureola DC. are used by the local women for medication, health care and other purposes. Geranium wallichianum D. Don is most commonly used as tonic by women especially for body strength and other internal body disorders. Bergenia ciliata (Haw.) Sternb is used as anticancerous plant and for internal wounds. Skimmia laureola DC. is another highly used plant for respiratory disorders in children by the local women. People have strong faith in ethnomedicinal plants and women are leading men in applying the recipes for medication.