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Year : 1967  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 95-104

Plants In Indian Medicine And Folklore Associated With Healing Of Bones

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S. K Jain

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The history of medicine and surgery dates back perhaps to the origin of the human race. Since no mode of recording events existed in those times, three are no data on the methods of treatment practised during that period. Some glimpses of the knowledge that existed are, however, possible through the various scriptures which came into being subsequently. Another interesting but still little-exploited source of information on our ancient culture is the folklore that has descended through the generations and survived in certain restricted and remote aboriginal habitations. The prescriptions in ancient Indian medicine, as also in the present day, comprised of products of plant, animal and mineral origin. The present article deals with the plants that are reported to have been used in the healing of bones. The literature on ancient Indian medicine is very vast and widely scattered; effort has, therefore, been made to collect information from some selected literature. In early Sanskrit literature the plants are referred to by their Sanskrit or local names. Brief statements on the habit and habitat of plants are sometimes recorded. In the following pages, primarily the Sanskrit or local names cited in literature have been given. The botanical identity of these plants is also vague and more than one plant is associated with the same name. Furthermore, the use of regional or local names of plants have complicated the picture and have sometimes led to perpetual error in the use of medicinal herbs and in pharmacological research (Jain 1963 and 1967).

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