Original Articles: 2015 Vol: 7 Issue: 6
Medicinal plant home remedies in several villages of Patuakhali district, Bangladesh
Home remedies are a common feature of treatment in Bangladesh especially for seasonal diseases and diseases for which visits to trained medicinal practitioners are considered to be not necessary. Most home remedies use medicinal plants or plant parts and as such are not much different from folk medicinal practices. The objective of the present study was to document the home remedies of villagers in several villages of Patuakhali district in Bangladesh. The survey was conducted with the help of a semi-structured questionnaire and the guided field-walk method. It was observed that the villagers used a total of 22 plants distributed into 19 families as home remedies. These plants were used to treat diseases, which included gastrointestinal disorders, respiratory tract disorders, jaundice, high blood pressure, obesity, tuberculosis, leucorrhea, cuts and wounds, urinary trouble, diabetes, rheumatism, pain, and as sex stimulant. Home remedies can be a valuable source of information on medicinal plants and the plants used to treat high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, rheumatism, and tuberculosis by the rural people can be of special interests to scientists for further studies.