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Medicinal Plants used as Abortifacient among Karbis of Assam, India
Living a healthy reproductive life is one of the major concerns among women. Unwanted conception among rural tribal population like the Karbis is managed by using traditional medicinal plants. The present work was carried out to document the traditional uses of medicinal plants or its products for inducing abortion. Field studies were undertaken in different Karbi dominated areas of Karbi Anglong district using informal and formal conversations, discussions, and semi–structured and unstructured interviews involving 35 informants (male 11 and female 24). A total of twelve medicinal plants, belonging to twelve genera and twelve families were reported to be used for inducing abortion. The study showed that the Karbis are rich in ethnomedicinal practises using plant and its products as an abortifacient. The knowledge of the practises of traditional medicines needs to be incorporated with scientific methods and concepts for betterment of future mankind. Biochemical evaluations of abortifacient plants need to be studied for its active phytocompound responsible for inducing abortion.
Abortifacient, Karbi, Medicinal Plants, Traditional.
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