Ethnomedicinal applications of plants by the traditional healers of the Marma tribe of Naikhongchhari, Bandarban district, Bangladesh.
The knowledge of indigenous peoples may cover a wide variety of subjects, including the climate, ecosystem, and particularly the local fauna and flora. The latter includes knowledge of plants, which can be used as medicine, food, building materials, and other purposes (Leonti et al., 2003). Not only before the advent of modern medicine, but also as of now, the indigenous peoples generally depends on their own traditional medicinal healers for cure of their various ailments. The cumulative knowledge gathered by the healers over generations has resulted in each healer's possessing considerable expertise in the use of locally available medicinal plants for treatment of ailments. On the other hand, it has been estimated that less than 1% of indigenous cultures have been surveyed for the purpose of gathering of their knowledge of use of medicinal plants as well as other natural products (Pranee, 2000). This is unfortunate, because the advent of modern civilization and the increasing connections between modern civilization and indigenous cultures is resulting in rapid decimation of the culture and knowledge of the indigenous peoples(Kong et al., 2003; Shrestha and Dhillion, 2003), who have become ethnic minorities in the various countries that they inhabit.
The use of plants for medicinal purposes dates back to even as early as five thousand years ago (Sofowara, 1982). The introduction of allopathic medicine and synthetic drugs reduced the number of medicinal products obtained from plants. However, it has been pointed out that in many cases, the sources of modern pharmaceuticals have been plants used in indigenous cultures(Cotton, 1996). Since medicinal plants used by traditional healers have a history of usage, it can become the shortest route for scientists to discover plant-derived drugs. The average success rate of obtaining new medicines from botanical sources is one in 125(McCaled, 1997), whereas the comparative rate of success of obtaining useful medicines from synthetic chemicals is about one in 10,000(Chadwick and Marsh (eds), 1994). In recent times, there has, therefore been a shift of attention of researchers and pharmaceutical companies towards traditional medicine with renewed emphasis on discovery of pharmaceuticals from plants. A number of papers in scientific journals attest to the fact that ethnomedicinal surveys are increasingly being conducted among the indigenous peoples of various regions of the world.
Bangladesh has a number of indigenous peoples or tribes inhabiting various regions of the country. The Marmas form the second largest community inhabiting the forest regions of Chittagong Hill Tracts in the south-eastern part of the country. They belong to the Mongoloid race and their language is written in Burmese characters (it is to be noted that Burma or Myanmar is located on the eastern border of the Bandarban district). The Marma community is divided into several clans, who reside in the districts of Rangamati, Bandarban, and Khagrachari in the Chittagong Hill Tracts region. The Marmas practice a mixture of Buddhism and animism. Their primary health-care needs are administered to by their own traditional healers. At the same time, very little is known about the medicinal practices of the Marma tribe. The areas where they inhabit is quite densely forested and has a wealth of floral species, which are yet to be documented in their entirety, particularly regarding their medicinal values. A rapid way of obtaining such information is to gather knowledge from the healers of various tribes of the region as to the use of the plants for treatment of various ailments. It was the objective of the present study to conduct a survey among the Marma traditional healers of Bandarban district to gather information on ethnomedicinal applications of plants by these healers.
Materials and Methods
2.1. Study area
Bandarban district in Bangladesh is situated roughly between 92[degrees]10 - 92o40 E and 21[degrees]20 21[degrees]50-N. There is a Marma "Para" (village) located at Naikhongchhari, which falls in the extreme south-western part of the district. The study was conducted among the tribal healers of the Marmas settled in Naikhongchhari.
2.2. Data collection and sampling techniques
A total of three healers present within the Marma community of Naikhongchhari were interviewed for this survey. The names of the healers were Mong-ki-u-Marma, Zing-thu-y-Marma, and Mong Chala Marma. At their request, the healers were interviewed as a group. Interviews were conducted in the Marma language (one of the authors, Md. Shahadat Hossan being fluent in this language, since he grew up in that region) with the help of a semi-structured questionnaire. The basic method followed was that of Martin, (1995) and Maundu, (1995). Informed consent was obtained from the informants prior to any data collection. The informants were explained that we are collecting this data towards storage and dissemination of the indigenous knowledge of their tribes, and that this information may lead to new scientific research and discoveries as well as spurt conservation efforts to save their medicinal plants. The informants had no objections towards providing information except that they wanted the exact formulations and dosages not to be disseminated to protect their professional interests. In the method followed, the informants took the interviewers to localities from where they collected their plants. Plants were shown with detailed information as to their local names, formulations, dosages, route of administration, and ailments treated. It was observed that the medicinal plants collected by the Marma traditional healers were collected both from nearby areas to their habitat, as well as considerable distances (more than 5 km) away from their habitat and in dense forest areas. All plant specimens were collected, dried on field and brought back to Bangladesh National Herbarium for complete identification and where voucher specimens were also deposited.
Results and Discussion
3.1. Plants and their distribution into families
A total of 58 plants distributed into 35 families were observed to be used by the Marma traditional healers of Naikhongchhari (Table 1). The Fabaceae family provided the largest number of species (seven), followed by the Compositae and Rubiaceae families (four plants each). The Marmas practice a sort of cultivation known as 'jhum' cultivation, where a tract of forest land is burned followed by cultivation for several years on the cleared forest land. After that, a fresh tract of forest land is burned with a repetition of the procedure. Mostly paddy and vegetables are cultivated on the burnt and cleared forest land. As such, the medicinal plants of the Marmas are collected mostly from the wild from primary growth vegetation or secondary growth vegetation, which takes place after they abandon their cultivated forest land in favor of new areas. It was observed that most Marma households plant several plants of Ananas comosus in their homes for their own use. Other plants like Dillenia indica, Emblica officinalis, Hibiscus rosa sinensis, Syzygium cumini, Aegle marmelos, Citrus limonum and Eletteria cardamomum are obtained from lands cultivated by nearby non-indigenous settlers, who cultivate these plants for personal consumption, commercial purposes or ornamental values. These plants also can be found in the wild but only scarcely; they do not form a major part of the primary or secondary natural vegetation of the area.The rest of the plants are collected from the wild.
3.2. Plant parts used and mode of preparation
We documented 74 uses of plant parts in this survey. Leaves formed the part of plant most frequently used (43.2%), followed by roots (28.4%) and flowers (13.5%). Seeds were used in only one instance, where the seeds of Syzygium cumini were found to be used for treatment of diabetes and urinary problems. The usual mode of preparation was crushing of the plant part followed by extraction of juice from the plant part, which would then be administered either orally or topically. The juice extracted from leaves of Justicia adhatoda was taken orally as treatment for helminthiasis, while the juice obtained from young leaves of Sansevieria roxburghiana was applied topically during ear infections. Occasionally, a plant part may be turned into paste and then applied topically, or the plant part may be taken directly orally. For instance, the roots of Acanthus ilicifolius were taken directly (i.e. chewed and swallowed with a little water) as a sexual stimulant, whereas a paste of the root was applied to areas affected by rheumatic pain. There were also instances where the plant part would be cooked and eaten as vegetable, not for nutritive purposes, but as remedy for a given ailment. This applied to the case of Acrostichum aureum, where the leaves were cooked and taken as a vegetable to increase physical strength, as a sexual stimulant, and as treatment for cloudy urination in women.
3.3. Medical applications
The various ailments treated by the Marma traditional healers appeared to be common ailments like gastrointestinal disorders (constipation, diarrhea, loss of appetite, ulcer, stomach pain), respiratory tract disorders (cough, mucus, asthma, breathing difficulties), urinary tract problems (difficulties in urination, cloudy urination), and skin disorders (scabies, itches, eczema). The maximum number of plant (fifteen) were used to treat various skin disorders, followed by gastrointestinal disorders (twelve), respiratory tract disorders (nine), urinary tract problems (seven), fever (seven), and jaundice (four). The Marma healers also had knowledge of plants for treatment of diabetes, malaria, and leprosy. Other ailments treated included eye problems (cataract, conjunctivitis), cold sores, vomiting tendency, insect bites, loss of sensation in hands or legs, toothache, cuts and wounds, lesions within the mouth, ear infections, and pain. Two plants, Dryopteris filix-max and Aegle marmelos, were also used as sedative. One plant (Abutilon indicum) had both human and veterinary applications, being used to treat diarrhea in both humans as well as cattle.
A plant part was found to be used to treat both single as well as multiple ailments. The roots of Acanthus ilicifolius were used for treatment of rheumatic pain, cloudy urination in women, and as a sex stimulant. The roots of Achyranthes aspera were used for treating diverse ailments like jaundice and respiratory problems. On the other hand, the roots of Morinda angustifolia or Morinda persicifolia were used for treatment of jaundice only. A combination of two plants or more were not used by the healers for treatment of any ailment. On the other hand, a combination of two parts from the same plant was found to be used. The leaves and roots of Oroxylum indicum were used in combination for treatment of sudden unconsciousness (as happens during epilepsy) and also applied topically for skin disorders. Juice from leaves and stems of Costus speciosus were used to treat ear pains or formation of pus in ears. Two different parts from the same plant could have separate applications; the seeds of Caesalpinia nuga were taken as an intoxicant, but leaf paste was applied to skin disorders.
3.4. Medicinal plants used as food supplements
The Marmas traditionally augment their cultivated food supply with resources obtained from the forests. These resources may include plants, animals, birds, and other products. Three plants were observed to be used as sources of nutrition besides serving medicinal purposes. These three plants were Elephantopus scaber, Erythrina variegata, and Alpinia nigra. The fruits of another plant, Eletteria cardamomum were used as a spice and did not serve any medicinal purpose. Apart from Eletteria cardamomum, various parts of the other three plants were cooked and eaten as vegetables. Some plants were also used as ingredients in wine, which the Marmas drink during their various festivals. These plants were Tabernaemontana divaricata (leaf, root, fruit), Eupatorium odoratum (root), Lygodium flexuosum (root), Alpinia nigra (leaf, root), and Eletteria cardamomum (fruit).
The importance of ethnomedicinal surveys lies in the fact that they can form a basis for further scientific studies. At the same time, it is equally important to find out whether available scientific studies on plants used by indigenous peoples validate their use. A perusal of the available scientific literature shows that the use of a number of plants by the Marma traditional healers are validated by pharmacological activity studies on those plants. In this section, some of these studies shall be reviewed.
Anti-inflammatory activity of methanol extract of leaves of Acanthus ilicifolius (used for rheumatic pains by Marma healers) has been demonstrated through inhibition of carragenan-induced rat paw edema (Mani Senthil Kumar, et al., 2008). The anti-ulcer activity of Justicia adhatoda (used by Marma healers for gastrointestinal disorders) has been shown in two models, namely ethanol-induced and pylorus ligation plus aspirin-induced models in rats(Shrivastava et al., 2006). Achyranthes aspera is used by Marma healers for treatment of jaundice and respiratory problems. Alcohol extract of the plant has been shown to have anti-inflammatory activity in carragenan-induced hind paw edema and cotton pellet granuloma models in albino male rats(Vetrichelvan and Jegadeesan, 2003). Thus the plant could have a therapeutic effect in both liver inflammation (causing jaundice) and lung inflammation (leading to respiratory problems).
There are no direct studies available in the scientific literature on Anogeissus acuminata, used by the Marma healers for toothache and oral lesions. However, a related species Anogeissus leiocarpus, which is used in Nigeria as a chewing stick has been shown to possess anti-bacterial activity against dentally relevant bacteria(Taiwo et al., 1999). In vitro studies have demonstrated that the methanol extract of Ageratum conyzoides can inhibit Helicobacter pylori, which is a major causative factor of duodenal, peptic and gastric ulcers(Ndip et al., 2007). Notably, the plant is used by Marma healers to stop bleeding, and to lower acidity and stomach pains. The wound healing properties of methanolic extract of leaves of this plant has also been demonstrated in Wistar rats in skin excision studies(Oladejo et al., 2003). Analgesic activity of the plant has also been reported in both in vitro and in vivo studies(Sampson et al., 2000: Abena et al., 1993). Anti-inflammatory activity has been reported of aqueous extract of leaves of Eupatorium odoratum (otherwise known as Chromolaena odorata), used by the Marma healers to reduce stomach pain, and during gastric ulcer(Owoyele et al., 2005). Codiaeum variegatum is used by the Marma helaers for old fevers, coughs and colds. These symptoms can be a consequence of viral or bacterial infections of the respiratory tract. The plant reportedly showed anti-influenza A virus activity, which could be of relevance in its traditional use (Forero et al.,2008).
The plant, Acacia farnesiana is used in traditional Colombian medicinal system for treatment of malaria symptoms, one of its symptoms being fever. Extracts of this plant displayed good activity against Plasmodium falciparum chloroquine resistant (FcB2) strain in culture(Garavito et al., 2006). The Marma healers use this plant to treat fevers. Bronchodilatory and anti-inflammatory effects have also been reported for this plant(Trivedi et al., 1986), which properties could be of use in the treatment of symptoms associated with fever. Cassia alata is used by Marma healers to treat skin diseases like ring worm and eczema. The plant is also used in Nigerian traditional medicine for treatment of skin disorders(Ajose, 2007). Anti-microbial activity (both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal) has been reported for various parts of the plant like leaf, bark, flower, stem, and root bark(Somchit et al., 2003; Khan et al., 2001; Ibrahim and Osman, 1995; Palanichamy and Nagarajan, 1990; Fuzellier et al., 1982). The various extracts of Clitoria ternatea (used by Marma healers to treat boils and itches) possesses anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, insecticidal, anti-pyretic as well as other properties, which has been reviewed by Mukherjee et al (2008), including its use in the Indian system of traditional (Ayurvedic) medicine as a nootropic, anti-stress, anxioloytic, and sedative agent. Bambusa bambos (synonym Bambusa arundinacea) is used by Marma healers for treatment of rheumatic pain. The extracts of this plant has been in use in Indian traditional medicine for centuries to treat various inflammatory conditions. On top of it, both anti-inflammatory effects as well as anti-ulcer activities of this plant have been reported in rat models(Muniappan and Sundararaj, 2003). Since drugs used for treatment of inflammatory condition like rheumatoid arthritis are mostly ulcerogenic, this plant can form a useful adjunct therapy when inflammatory drugs are used. At the same time, the plant can be directly used for treatment of patients with rheumatoid arthritis and peptic ulcer.
Methanol extract of flowers of Leucas aspera (used by Marma healers to treat coughs) reportedly showed good anti-microbial activity(Mangathayaru et al., 2005). Anti-bacterial activity has also been observed in methanol extract of Urena lobata (Mazumder et al., 2001), used by Marma healers for treatment of skin lesions, and urinary tract disorders. Mimosa pudica, used by Marma healers for treatment of eczema and scabies, is widely used in Indian folk medicine for arresting bleeding and in skin diseases. The wound healing activity of methanol as well as aqueous extract of roots of the plant has recently been demonstrated(Kokane et al., 2009). A number of studies have established the potential of Syzygium cumini as an anti-diabetic agent; notably the seeds of the plant are used by Marma healers for treatment of diabetes. The plant is also used in Brazilian traditional medicine to treat diabetes. Aqueous leaf extract of this plant reportedly inhibited adenosine deaminase activity and reduced glucose levels in hyperglycemic patients(Bopp et al., 2009). Ferulic acid, obtained from ethereal fraction of ethanol extract of seed demonstrated diabetic therapeutic and anti-oxidative effects in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats. Ferulic acid also had a pancreatic b-cell regenerative effect (Mandal et al., 2008). Extracts of seed kernels inhibited a-glucosidase activity in vitro, and in Goto-Kakizaki (GK) rats in vivo (Shinde et al., 2008). Ethanolic extract of seeds also was found to decrease blood sugar level in alloxan diabetic albino rats and showed improvement in the histopathology of pancreatic islets (Singh and Gupta, 2007).
Vitex negundo is used by Marma healers for treatment of rheumatic and joint pains. Analgesic activity has been demonstrated in ethanol extract of seeds(Zheng et al., 2009), as well as ethanolic extract of leaves in rats and mice (Gupta and Tandon, 2005). Anti-inflammatory and analgesic activity has also been demonstrated in rats with aqueous extract of mature fresh leaves(Dharmasiri et al., 2003), while chloroform extract of defatted seeds reportedly exhibited anti-inflammatory activity (Chawla et al., 1992). The fruits of Elletaria cardamomum are used by the Marmas as spice and in wine but not for any therapeutic purposes. However, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anti-spasmodic actions have been reported for seed oil (al-Zuhair et al., 1996). The fruits also have gastroprotective effects, as demonstrated by inhibition of gastric lesions in rats induced by aspirin and ethanol (Jamal et al., 2006). Thus partaking of the fruits as spice or in wine may serve a prophylactic purpose, especially in the prevention of gastrointestinal disorders.
It is interesting that quite a few plants used by the Marma healers have been validated in their uses by modern scientific studies. This reinforces two viewpoints. The first is that indigenous peoples, through trials and errors conducted over centuries, possess considerable knowledge about the use of medicinal plants for treatment of ailments. The second is that for successful drug discoveries, it may be better to conduct scientific trials on the basis of knowledge gathered from indigenous communities. A number of plants used by the Marma healers are yet to be tested for their pharmacological activities and phytochemical constituents. Other plants need to be tested for yet to be discovered unknown pharmacological activities, and presence of phytochemicals, which can serve as the basis for efficacious drugs. Such scientific studies would highlight the importance of medicinal plants used by indigenous communities and strengthen efforts for their conservation, propagation and cultivation.
The present study was supported by internal funding from the University of Development Alternative.
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(1) Mohammed Rahmatullah, (1) Md. Shahadat Hossan, (1) Abu Hanif, (1) Prozzal Roy, (1) Rownak Jahan, (1) Mujib Khan, (2) Majeedul H. Chowdhury, (3) Taufiq Rahman
(1) Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Development Alternative House No. 78, Road No. 11A, Dhanmondi, Dhaka-1205 Bangladesh
(2) New York City College of Technology The City University of New York Broooklyn, NY 11201, USA
(3) Department of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge, Tennis Court Road CB2 1PD, Cambridge, UK
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Table 1: Medicinal plants and their applications by the traditional healers of the Marma tribe residing at Naikhongchhari of Bandarban district, Chittagong Hill Tracts Serial Botanical name Family Local name Number 1 Acanthus ilicifolius L. Acanthaceae Fereng-jubang 2 Justicia adhatoda L. Acanthaceae Hong-shu-bang 3 Acrostichum aureum L. Adiantaceae Mou-chai-pang 4 Adiantum philippense L. Adiantaceae Kijau-pai-bang 5 Dracaena spicata Roxb. Agavaceae Boang-khola -paing-da 6 Sansevieria Agavaceae Lankh-hi-pang roxburghiana Schult. & Schult. f. 7 Achyranthes aspera L. Amaranthaceae Chikring-lu 8 Alstonia scholaris Apocynaceae Chalai-bang (L.) R.Br. 9 Tabernaemontana Apocynaceae Chanle-pang divaricata (L.) R. Br. ex Roemer & J.A. Schultes 10 Oroxylum indicum (L.) Bignoniaceae Krong-sa-bang Vent. 11 Ananas comosus (L.) Bromeliaceae Naindra-bang Merr. 12 Casuarina equisetifolia Casuarinaceae Pailong-pang L. 13 Anogeissus acuminata Combretaceae Sai-ki-bang Wall.ex C.B.Clarke 14 Ageratum conyzoides L. Compositae Wyla-bang 15 Elephantopus scaber L. Compositae Pau-ma-fang 16 Eupatorium odoratum L. Compositae Kaingja-pongja 17 Mikania cordata Compositae Japai-nueh (Burm.f.) B. L. Robinson 18 Cuscuta reflexa Roxb. Convolvulaceae alt. Cuscutaceae 19 Costus speciosus Costaceae Pret-mun-pang (J. Konig.) Sm. 20 Kalanchoe pinnata Crassulaceae Rokia-pang-bang (Lam.) Pers. 21 Coccinia grandis (L.) Cucurbitaceae Nichu-bang J. Voigt 22 Hodgsonia macrocarpa Cucurbitaceae Keha-pang Cogn. 23 Dillenia indica L. Dilleniaceae Debru-bang 24 Dryopteris filix-max Dryopteridaceae Kraing-ha (L.) Schott 25 Codiaeum variegatum Euphorbiaceae Boangkhela (L.) A.Juss. -paingda 26 Emblica officinalis Euphorbiaceae Sosha-bang Gaertn. 27 Acacia farnesiana L. Fabaceae Aao-wia-pang 28 Caesalpinia nuga Fabaceae Krong-khai-bang (L.) W. T. Aiton 29 Cassia alata L. Fabaceae Pui-bang 30 Cassia fistula L. Fabaceae Nafi-keda-pang 31 Clitoria ternatea L. Fabaceae Koai-khi-bang 32 Desmodium macrophyllum Fabaceae Tongkhto-chibang Desv. -khrung-pang 33 Erythrina variegata L. Fabaceae Kasai-pang 34 Bambusa bambos (L.) Gramineae alt. Khai-wang-wah, Voss. Poaceae Medi-wah 35 Eleutherine plicata Iridaceae Tong-krai-choi, Herb. Alho do Mato. Chikra-choi 36 Leucas aspera (Willd.) Labiatae Paing-sung-pang Link 37 Lygodium flexuosum Lygodiaceae Makla-pang (L.) Sw. 38 Abutilon indicum (L.) Malvaceae Flur-bang Sweet 39 Hibiscus rosa sinensis Malvaceae Chuila-bai-pang L. 40 Urena lobata L. Malvaceae Fow-fi-i 41 Melastoma malabathricum Melastomaceae Koiam-pay-bang L. 42 Stephania japonica Menispermaceae Toak-nueh-pang (Thunb.) Miers 43 Mimosa pudica L. Mimosaceae Shra-pang 44 Syzygium cumini (L.) Myrtaceae Chabri-shae-bang Skeels 45 Nymphaea nouchali Nymphaeaceae Kra-pang Burm.f. 46 Polygonum hydropiper L. Polygonaceae Mra-che-bang 47 Adina cordifolia Rubiaceae Pang-kha-bang (Roxb.) Hook. f. ex Brandis 48 Hedyotis scandens Roxb. Rubiaceae Rema-pang 49 Morinda angustifolia Rubiaceae Chui-tili-bang Roxb. 50 Morinda persicifolia Rubiaceae Chui-tili-bang Harv. var. sublinearis Kuntze 51 Aegle marmelos (L.) Rutaceae Orai-pang Corr. 52 Citrus limonum Risso Rutaceae Khra-pang 53 Scoparia dulcis L. Scrophulariaceae Mikram-boi-pang 54 Pterospermum Sterculiaceae Noah-labai-pang semisagittatum Buch.- Ham. ex Roxb. 55 Clerodendrum viscosum Verbenaceae Khrong-kha-bang Vent. 56 Vitex negundo L. Verbenaceae Moru-bang 57 Alpinia nigra (Gaertn.) Zingiberaceae Choia-bang B.L. Burtt. 58 Elettaria cardamomum Zingiberaceae Lia-bong-pang (L.) Maton Serial Plant part(s) used and Uses Number [Administration: O = oral, T = topical] 1 Root. Root is taken as a sexual stimulant [O], root paste is applied for rheumatic pains [T] and root juice taken by women during cloudy urination [O]. 2 Leaf. Leaf juice is administered [O] for helminthiasis, diarrhea and during constipation (note that excess taking of leaf may cause diarrhea). 3 Leaf. Leaf is cooked and taken as a vegetable to increase physical strength, for treatment of cloudy urination in women, and as a sexual stimulant [O]. 4 Leaf, root. Juice from roots and leaves are administered as sexual stimulants [O]. 5 Leaf. Leaf juice is taken to cure long-term fever, coughs and mucus in nose [O]. 6 Leaf. The juice from the top portion of young leaf is applied to abscesses within the ear and pus formation within the ear [T]. 7 Root. Root is taken for jaundice and respiratory problems [O]. 8 Bark. The bark exudate is given for cold sores (caused by Herpes labialis), fevers, and diabetes [O]. 9 Leaf, root, fruit. Leaf, root and fruit is used to make wine and taken for ulcer and breathing problems [O]. 10 Leaf, root. Root and leaf is given for sudden unconsciousness (given after regaining of consciousness to prevent further episodes) as happens during epilepsy [O], a paste of leaf and root is applied for skin disorders [T], and taken as a sexual stimulant [O]. 11 Leaf. The top portion of young leaf is given during pneumonia, asthma, and respiratory problems [O]. 12 Root. Root is chewed to maintain healthy teeth [O]. 13 Bark. Bark powder is used for toothache, loosening of tooth, and for lesions within the mouth or around the tooth [T]. 14 Leaf. Leaf paste is applied to stop bleeding [T], leaf juice is taken to lower acidity and reduce stomach pains [O]. 15 Root. Root is administered as a sexual stimulant, to cure difficulties of urination, source of nutrition [O], and cure itches [T]. 16 Root. Root is taken to reduce stomach pains, during gastric ulcer, and to make wine [O]. 17 Leaf. Leaf paste is applied to stop bleeding and stimulate clot formation [T]. 18 Jigro-bang Stem. Stem is cooked and taken as a egetable and acts as a sexual stimulant [O]. 19 Leaf, stem. Juice from leaf and stem is applied during ear pains or formation of pus in ears, and eczema or itches around the nails [T]. 20 Leaf. Leaf paste is applied for muscle pain, scabies, boils, and rheumatism [T]. 21 Fruit. Fruit is taken for respiratory problems and lung disorders [O]. 22 Fruit. Fruit is taken for fevers and malaria [O]. 23 Leaf, fruit. Fruit is taken to stimulate appetite [O]; leaf paste is applied to scabies [T]. 24 Leaf. Leaves are cooked and taken as vegetable to increase physical strength; also used for headache and as a sedative [O]. 25 Leaf. Leaf juice is taken for old fevers, coughs and colds [O]. 26 Fruit. Fruit is eaten to stimulate appetite [O]. 27 Root. Root is administered to treat fever, and crying in children [O]. 28 Leaf, fruit. The seeds of the fruit are taken as an intoxicant [O]; leaf paste is applied to skin disorders [T]. 29 Leaf. Leaf paste is applied for ringworm and eczema [T]. 30 Bark, fruit. Fruit and bark is given during fevers and to stimulate appetite [O]. 31 Leaf. Leaf juice is applied to boils and itches in children [T]. 32 Leaf. Leaf juice is taken for stomach acidity, stomach aches, and abnormal heart palpitations [O]. 33 Bark. Bark is taken for helminthiasis, and as a vegetable (i.e. cooked and eaten). 34 Leaf, root. A combination of leaf and root paste is applied for rheumatic pain and eczema [T]; combination of leaf and root juice is taken for cough and leprosy [O]. 35 Root. Root juice is taken for difficulties in urination, and elephantitis [O]. 36 Leaf, flower. A combination of leaf and flower juice is given to women who have recently delivered, and taken to cure old coughs [O]. 37 Root. Root is taken for rheumatism, for fever and convulsions in children and to make wine [O]. 38 Root. Root is given for diarrhea and other gastrointestinal disorders in both human and cattle [O]. 39 Flower. Flower juice is used to treat cataract [T]. 40 Leaf, flower. A paste of flowers and leaves is applied to chapped lips, and skin lesions [T]; they are taken during urinary tract disorders [O]. 41 Root. Root juice is taken during jaundice [O]. 42 Root. Root juice is used for coughs, throat pains and in children to treat colic and ear lesions [O]. 43 Leaf. Leaf paste is applied to eczema, scabies and abscesses [T]. 44 Seed. The seeds of the fruit are taken for diabetes and urinary problems [O]. 45 Stem. The immediate upper portion above the root is given to menstruating women and men having urination difficulties [O]. 46 Leaf, root. Leaf and root paste is used for eczema, scabies [T] and as an anthelmintic [O]. 47 Leaf. Leaf juice is used to treat boils and eye disorders like conjunctivitis [T]. 48 Leaf. Leaf juice is applied as treatment for itches, scabies and eczema [T]. 49 Root. Root is taken as treatment for jaundice [O]. 50 Root. Root is taken as treatment for jaundice [O]. 51 Leaf, root. The leaves and roots are taken as sedative [O]. 52 Fruit. Fruit juice is a source of vitamins, and used to stimulate appetite, to cure fever, skin disorders, to prevent hair loss, to stop vomiting tendency, and to cure lesions within the mouth [O]. 53 Leaf, root, fruit. A combination of leaf, fruit and root juice is given to children with respiratory problems and to stimulate appetite. 54 Leaf. Leaf paste is applied to poisonous insect bites [T]. 55 Leaf. Leaf juice is taken for stomach aches [O]. 56 Leaf. Leaf paste is applied to rheumatic and joint pains [T]. 57 Leaf, root. The roots and leaves are cooked and taken as a vegetable, to make wine, and to increase flavor in foods [O] and a paste of leaf and root is applied for loss of sensation in hands and legs [T]. 58 Fruit. The fruit is used as a spice and in wine [O].
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|Author:||Rahmatullah, Mohammed; Hossan, Md. Shahadat; Hanif, Abu; Roy, Prozzal; Jahan, Rownak; Khan, Mujib; C|
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