Identification and ethnomedicinal survey of profitable halophytes of District Chakwal, Pakistan

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Identification and ethnomedicinal survey of profitable halophytes of District Chakwal, Pakistan

Iram Abdullah, Nazim Hassan, Mushtaq Ahmad, Muhammad Zafar, Ling Wang, Tongtong Xu
J. Bio. Env. Sci.13( 2), 209-224, August 2018.
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The aim of this study was to document information on ethno medicinal uses of Halophytes used by the inhabitants of District Chakwal, Pakistan. A total of 68 plant species from 29 families and 56 genera were studied by using indices like Informant Consensus Factor (ICF), Relative frequency of citation (RFC), use value (UV), Fidelity Level (FL) and Family importance value (FIV). For the preparation of ethno medicines 95 informants including 41 males, 59 females and 15 Traditional Health Practitioners (THPs) were interviewed. Family Poaceae was the most leading family. Out of total herbs (73%), shrubs (20%) and trees (7%) were studied. Part used as Leaves (28%), roots (16%), seed (14%), stem (12%), whole plant (11%), fruit (9%), flower (5%), bark (3%) and resin. For the preparation of ethnomedicine the inhabitants mostly used decoction (36%). Diseases were grouped into 14 broad categories. High Informant Consensus Factor (ICF) observed for respiratory diseases (0.44). Fidelity level 100% (FL) for seven plant species. Highest Used Report (UR) for Solanum incanum (11) while highest Relative Frequency of Citation (RFC) observed for Acacia nilotica (0.27).

Plant species with high ICF can be used further subjected to further phytochemical studies.


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