Medicinal plants are the principal economic resource for health care purposes which are used throughout human history since time immemorial. Millions of world’s populations rely mainly on medicinal plants as herbal medicine and these plants are cultivated to meet their needs.
The traditional knowledge and use of medicinal plant species from the plant family Asteraceae was reviewed for the treatment of several types of cancers in Aizawl District, Mizoram, North ast India.
The present investigation is an attempt to find out ethnopharmacological application of medicinal plants to cure skin diseases and in folk cosmetics.
Garo tribe, in most of the remote areas of South Garo Hills district of Meghalaya, India use medicinal plants for their primary needs in all medical aspects due to lack of modern facilities in the district. But this indigenous therapeutic knowledge of the community is fading away rapidly due to lack of proper documentation.
Medicinal plants play a vital role for the development of new drugs and form the backbone of the traditional communities for their daily needs of curing ailments.
India, especially northeast India is one of the biodiversity hotspot and well known for rich culture of traditional medicine against different ailments and diseases.
The value of mankind is inextricably linked with the wellbeing through natural resources specially the plants around him.
The plant Cissampelos pareira is a sub-erect or climbing herb, belongs to the family Menispermaceae.
Senior Assistant Professor, Zoology, Pachuunga University College, Mizoram University, Aizawl, India
Birla Kshetrimayum, Ph.D. is working as a Senior Assistant Professor and teaching Zoology in the Pachuunga University College, Mizoram University, Aizawl, India since the year 2007. He did his Bachelor of Sciences (B.Sc.) from Manipur University, Canchipur and then obtained his Master of Science (M.Sc.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree from the Department of Zoology (Centre for Advance Studies), Panjab University Chandigarh, India. He did his Post-Doctoral Research in a highly competitive International Research project entitled “Role of Zn2+ ion in Cell Signaling and Phosphorylation” sponsored by BBSRC, UK at the Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences Division, School of Medicines, Kings College, University of London, Waterloo Campus, United Kingdom. His field of specialization is Animal Physiology and Biochemistry and has more than 10 years of teaching and research experiences. His area of research interests are trace mineral nutrition research, metals metabolism, metabolic syndrome-X, gene polymorphism in diseases and recently natural products studies. He has to his credit more than 30 research papers in the journals of International repute, 1 books, 2 edited proceedings, and 7(six) book chapters. Some of the high impact factor journals where he published his research works were Coordination Chemistry Review (CCR), Bio Metals, Food and Nutrition Sciences (FNS), Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine (APJTM), Indian Journal of Experimental Biology (IJEB) etc. One of the research publications from his Ph.D. works was selected as “2nd Best Biomedical Article” released by the US National Library of Medicine in its lists of “World’s Top 50 publications” for the year 2005-2012. He is currently acting as an Editorial board member of the 5 Research Journals of International repute and has reviewed more than 20 research papers from the journals of International repute. He has successfully completed 2 major and 3 minor research projects as Principal investigator/Coordinator from the various funding agencies in India like Department of Biotechnology (DBT), New Delhi and University Grant Commission (UGC), New Delhi. 1(one) research scholar has been successfully awarded Ph.D. degree from Mizoram University, Aizawl under his supervision. He has also presented 27 research papers in many International/national level seminars in India as well as overseas countries like About Editor Cambridge, UK, Bangkok, Thailand, Singapore and South Korea etc. He also has organized 4 National level seminars/workshops as a full time “Convener” during the last 5 years. He is currently life member of 5 professional academic bodies in India and abroad namely Indian Sciences Congress Association(ISCA), Kolkata, The Nutrition Society of India, Hyderabad, India Bird Conservation Network (IBCN), Mumbai, North East Research Forum, Guwahati and Asia-Pacific Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering Society (APCBEES), Hong Kong.
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