Ethnoveterinary Study of Medicinal Plants in a Tribal Society of Sulaiman Range

Abstract

The aims of the present study were (i) to document ethnoveterinary plants and their formulation techniques in an unexplored region of Pakistan and (ii) to select candidate medicinal plants with high consensus factor and fidelity value for further in vitro investigation. A total of 60 informants were interviewed using semistructured questionnaire. A total of 41 plants belonging to 30 families were used to treat livestock ailments in study area. Mostly leaves (47%) were used in recipes formulation mostly in the form of decoction. Gastrointestinal infections were found more common and majority of the plants were used against cow (31) and buffaloes (24) ailments. Recovery time of majority of the recipes was three to four days. Informant consensus factor (Fic) results have shown a high degree of consensus for gastrointestinal, respiratory, and reproductive (0.95 each) ailments. Fidelity level (FL) results showed that Asparagus gracilis ranked first with FL value 93% followed by Rumex hastatus ranked second (91%) and Tinospora cordifolia ranked third (90%). Aged farmers and nomads had more traditional knowledge as compared to younger ones. Plants with high Fic and FL values could be further investigated in vitro for the search of some novel bioactive compounds and young generation should be educated regarding ethnoveterinary practices.

DOI: 10.1155/2014/127526

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@inproceedings{Tariq2014EthnoveterinarySO, title={Ethnoveterinary Study of Medicinal Plants in a Tribal Society of Sulaiman Range}, author={Akash Tariq and Sakina Mussarat and Muhammad Adnan and Naser M. AbdElsalam and Riaz Ullah and Abdul Latif Khan}, booktitle={TheScientificWorldJournal}, year={2014} }