The present study deals with the local uses of 25 species belonging to 21 genera of the family Asteraceae. Dir Kohistan valley has diverse habitats for the growth of various medicinal plants. The local medicinal uses include painkiller, diuretic, febrifuges, carminative, anthelmintic, antiinflammatory, aphrodisiac, cardio tonic, tonic, stomachache, dyspepsia, jaundice, leprosy, cough, asthma, ulcers, vomiting etc. People have strong faith in herbal medication by ethnomedicinal plants and women are leading men in applying the recipe for medication by these plants. Some of useful species are under serious threat due to unsustainable activities. Hence, a proper documentation of useful plants with their present status and local traditional knowledge as well as practices is urgently needed. Effort should also be initiated to implement appropriate conservation measures for preservation and sustainable uses of these useful species.
Jan, Gul; Khan, Mir Ajab; and Jan, Farzana
"Medicinal Value of the Asteraceae of Dir Kohistan Valley, NWFP, Pakistan,"
Ethnobotanical Leaflets: Vol. 2009
, Article 1.
Available at: http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/ebl/vol2009/iss10/1