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EMERGENT LIFE SCIENCES RESEARCH - Vol 6, Issue 2, Published on 31, December 2020

Pages: 60-66
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Traditional Ethno-veterinary knowledge prevalent amongst the Karbi tribe residing in Karbi Anglong, Assam, India

Author: Ajay Kumar, Partha Protim Das, Ankur Jyoti Saikia, Kuntala N. Barua

Category: Research Article


The present paper is an attempt at inventorising the traditional knowledge prevalent amongst the Karbi tribe pertaining to ethno-veterinary and livestock health practices. A total of 19 plant species and other non-plant material of ethno-veterinary importance in Karbi Anglong district of Assam were documented throughout the study period. Among these 19 recorded species, most of the medicinal plants are herbaceous and also available in the locality. Various plant parts including whole plant, leaf, stem, root, bark, seed, trunk, and fruit are used for ethno-veterinary preparation but the leaves constituted the major portion of plant parts used, followed by roots and whole plant. Out of 21 ethno-medicinal preparations, 13 preparations have been administered in the form of a single herb, and the rest 8 preparations were used as a combination of herbs and other materials. It was observed that the knowledge regarding ethno-veterinary medicine is still surviving among the elderly members of the communities. However, modern medical healthcare especially, the veterinary section in developing areas is reducing the use of medicinal plants for the treatment of livestock, and therefore, the practice of traditional knowledge for curing animal ailments is diminishing.

Keywords: ethno-veterinary, Karbi anglong, phytotherapy, traditional healthcare