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Ethnobotanical appraisal and medicinal use of plants of district Nushki Balochistan, Pakistan

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Muhammad Zahid Khan, Shazia Saeed, Alia Ahmed, Saeed-Ur-Reman Kakar, Saadullah Khan Leghari, Janat Gul

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Int. J. Biosci.17( 4), 60-72, October 2020

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/17.4.60-72


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Traditional herbal medicine is a valuable resource for the treatment of many ailments by utilizing the indigenous knowledge for modern drug development. The present investigation aimed to document the ethnobotanical knowledge of medicinally important wild plants in Desert of Nushki, Balochistan, Pakistan. The ethnobotanical appraisal was based on quantitative information on medicinal plant diversity. The information was collected through semi-structured interviews and Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) tools. Data were analyzed using quantitative indices for Information Consent Factor (ICF), Fidelity level (FL), Use Value (UV), Frequency Citation (FC) and Relative Frequency Citation (RFC). Sixty (60) plant species belonging to 29 families were reported for medicinal purposes. Asteraceae was found to be a dominant family in terms of species in the area. The whole plant and leaves were noted as the most frequently used parts (31%). The highest ICF (1.00) value was obtained for diseases related to Skeleto-muscular ailments SMA and the least one (0.5) was associated with Dermatological ailments. Respiratory ailments ICF value were (0.84) the second highest. The area is rich in medicinal plants and these plants are still commonly used for medicinal purposes among the people in their daily lives. The plants used as antidiabetic and anti-inflammatory are highly important and need to be investigated further for their phytochemical constituents. Furthermore, few studied plants are also valuable resource for the livestock of the region.


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