Selected Medicinal Plants of Chittagong Hill Tracts

Author: Motaleb, M.A., et al. 2011

Medicinal plants are an important part of natural wealth. They serve as important therapeutic agents as well as valuable raw materials for manufacturing numerous traditional and modern medicines. The history of medicinal plant use for overcoming diseases and related sufferings is probably as old as humans. Our ancestors were forced to use any natural substances that they could find to ease their sufferings caused by acute and chronic illness, physical discomforts, wounds and injuries, and even terminal illness. Since that ancient time, plants with therapeutic properties have occupied an important place in the disease treatment practices.

Medicinal Plant Book Cover Photo: EMK Siddique

The principal aim of this book is two-fold: (i) to provide detailed information on locally important medicinal plants of Bolipara, Bandarban and (ii) to preserve the traditional knowledge of herbal healers on medicinal plants use. This book describes 31 important species with medicinal propertries, and including the scientific name; Bengali name; family name; vernacular name; general description; distribution; physiographic, edaphic and biotic requirements; silviculture charecteristics; phenological charecteristics; regenaration; chemical contituents; medicinal uses; other uses; photographs and traditional use by the herbal healers of Bolipara.

This book is one of the pioneering encyclopedic compilations in Bangladesh that can provide the reader with all the above silvicultural information of different medicinal plants at a glance.


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