The Study of Ethnobotanical Uses by Local Healers in Taktse Chiwog from Central Bhutan

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Dorji Penjor
Taw Tshering
Gangaram Bhattaria
Tshering Namgay

Abstract

Aim: To document the ethnobotanical uses in Taktse Chiwog (Village blocks) by local healers.

Study Design: Semi-structured interview and direct interview was conducted with the prior approval from the Chiwog official. Two local healers/informants were contacted for interview             before field visits based on their popularity and experience of using medicinal plants in their       locality.

Place and Duration of Study: The study was conducted at Taktse Chiwog, Trongsa Dzongkhag, Bhutan between July and October 2019.

Methodology: Two local healers were identified based on their experience on ethno medical practice. Multiple approaches were taken such as botanical inventories, collection of plant specimens, semi-structured and direct interviews with local healers including free listing                    (FL) and preference ranking (PR) to collect the information on medicinal use/s using questionnaires.

Results: Eighty Two plant species from forty nine families were recorded with their ethno medicinal uses by the local healers against various ailments and diseases.

Conclusion: This study suggests that most of the medicinal plants available within locality are commonly used by the healers for the treating different diseases, dislocation and fracture of musculoskeletal system.

Keywords:
Taktse Chiwog, local healers, Traditional Knowledge (TK), medicinal plants, local name, ethno medical preparation, preference ranking and treatment

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Penjor, D., Tshering, T., Bhattaria, G., & Namgay, T. (2020). The Study of Ethnobotanical Uses by Local Healers in Taktse Chiwog from Central Bhutan. Asian Plant Research Journal, 6(4), 19-39. https://doi.org/10.9734/aprj/2020/v6i430135
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