Abstract Detail

Poster Session

Bhattarai, Shandesh [1].

Ethnobotanical knowledge in Trans-Himalayan Arid Region of Nepal.

Manang and Mustang districts are located in the Trans-Himalayan arid region of Nepal. The field information was gathered by direct observation of locals in the fields and forests and through semi-structured interviews. Antibacterial assays were carried out following standard protocol. Altogether 157 medicinal plants belonging to 56 families and 114 genera are reported treating 150 ailments. Several documented medicinal plants have high market value and positive economic impact on local communities. The allopathic health care system is rudimentary because only a few allopathic medicines are available, and for this reason and because of traditional and cultural customs and beliefs, many people rely on local healers or amchis (Tibetan doctors) for their health care. The senior amchis feel that it is of utmost important to conserve the traditional healing system and maintain awareness in the local community about the importance of medicinal plants. In-vitro antibacterial assays of ethnomedicinal plants extracts are encouraging and suggested further detailed bioprospecting research on these species which could help with the conservation and management of these local resources as well perhaps benefits the local people economically. The present survey concludes that the local populations have a wide knowledge on the use of plants for various purposes.

1 - Nepal Academy of Science and Technology, Faculty of Science-Nepal Flora Project, Khumaltar, Lalitpur, Nepal, POB 3323 , Kathmandu, +977, *Nepal*, 9851108803

cultural diversity
ethnomedicinal plants

Presentation Type: Poster
Abstract ID:18
Candidate for Awards:None