The aim of the present work was the identification and documentation of ethnomedicinal weeds growing in crop fields in the Marathwada region of India (70o 5’-78o 5’ E longitude and 17o 5’-20o 5’ N longitude). Our survey was also aimed at the possibility of discovering new ways by which such plants could be better utilized for the welfare of human health. A total of 20 species of plants representing 18 Genera and 12 families were collected. In addition to the first hand collection of ethnomedicinal information from the inhabitants of the area, additional traditional uses were obtained through a study of the pertinent literature. Our results suggest the weeds of these fields were mostly ones which were common, unwanted and easily grown in any place. However, our results also show that there are many ways of properly utilizing such weedy species in the promotion of human welfare. Moreover, the collection of these medicinal weeds provided farmers with a most welcomed additional income.
Dhole, J. A.; Dhole, N. A.; and Bodke, S. S.
"Ethnomedicinal Studies of Some Weeds in Crop Fields of Marathwada Region, India,"
Ethnobotanical Leaflets: Vol. 2009
, Article 3.
Available at: http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/ebl/vol2009/iss12/3