TRADITIONAL BONE SETTING PRACTICE OF RABHA PEOPLE OF ASSAM
Objective: The aim of this work is to document the various ethnomedicinal healing plant species used in traditional bone setting (TBS) practice of Rabha community of Assam.
Methods: This has been done using interview method which includes semi-structured questionnaire and the field walks method.
Results: The results reveal that eight healing plants wear employed to in the TBS practice. Among these, Cissus quadrangularis L. is the most commonly used plant species to treat bone fracture. In this study, two modes of preparation for the ethnomedicine have been served (i.e., paste and extract) where paste form has higher used (75%).
Conclusions: It has been concluded that Rabha Hasong area of Assam is indeed rich in ethnomedicinal plants. People get benefited from the traditional practices performed by the medicine men. This is the chief reason TBS practice that is still running smoothly with full faith and hope even in the current time where sophisticated orthopedic treatments are obtainable. Moreover, systematic nutraceutical appraisal of these species would provide a remarkable research possibility in the fields of ethnopharmacology that would be useful in the modern orthopedic treatments.
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