Herbal medicine has been widely practiced throughout the world since ancient times. These medicines are safe and environmentally friendly. According to WHO about 80% of the world’s population relies on traditional medicine for their primary health care. India, being one of the world’s 12 mega biodiversity countries, enjoys export of herbal raw material worth U.S. $100-114 million per year approximately. Currently the Government of India, realizing the value of the country’s vast range of medicinal plants, has embarked on a mission of documenting the traditional knowledge about medicinal plants and herbs. This investigation, in a small way, takes up the enumeration of plants with potential medicinal value, which are used by the tribal groups, residing in and around Similipal Bioreserve of Mayurbhanj, Orissa, India. This report elucidates a rich and unique profile of phyto-diversity of the area surveyed, with 89 species belongs to 52 families and 79 genera of medicinal plants.
Behera, Kambaska Kumar
"Ethnomedicinal Plants used by the Tribals of Similipal Bioreserve, Orissa, India: A Pilot Study,"
Ethnobotanical Leaflets: Vol. 2006
, Article 17.
Available at: http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/ebl/vol2006/iss1/17