Journal of Veterinary and Animal Sciences

Volume: 54 Issue: 4

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Ethnozoological study of animal based medicines used by traditional healers from south eastern area of Golaghat district, Assam

Gitashri Saikia1 and Raju N.L.2*

1 M.Sc, Student, Department of Life Science & Bioinformatics, Assam University Diphu Campus (A Central University), Diphu – 782 462, Karbi Anglong District Assam, India
2 Assistant Professor, Department of Life Science & Bioinformatics, Assam University Diphu Campus (A Central University), Diphu – 782 462, Karbi Anglong District Assam, India

*Corresponding author Email: [email protected], Ph: 09435067339

Year: 2023, Page: 863-874, Doi: https://doi.org/10.51966/jvas.2023.54.4.863-874

Received: March 18, 2022 Accepted: Jan. 7, 2023 Published: Dec. 31, 2023

Abstract

Animals have played an important role in human life from ancient times. The knowledge on the use of many animals and their by-products in traditional medicines by various ethnic communities is generally passed verbally from one generation to the next. The present study was carried out on ethnozoological survey of animal based medicines used by traditional healers from south eastern area of Golaghat District, Assam. A total six communities viz., Koch, Kalita, Chutia, Ahom, Nath and Mising have been chosen based on semi-structured questionnaire through interactive personal interview and group discussion on the use of traditional animal based medicines by these local people for the treatment of various diseases. During the survey around 200 respondents were interviewed including 30 traditional practitioners. A total 40 distinct species were identified along with the formulations they utilize to cure various ailments. The study showed that the use of traditional medicines are still popular in rural areas which may depict a scenario of their strong belief on their formulations or may be due to inaccessibility of health care facilities in availing modern medicines. It is evident that the ethnozoological information regarding the therapeutic uses of different animals in traditional medicine is fading and there is an urgent need for its documentation before much of it is completely lost.

Keywords: Ethnozoology, Golaghat, traditional practitioners, zootherapy

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Saikia G. and Raju N.L. 2023. Ethnozoological study of animal based medicines used by traditional healers from south eastern area of Golaghat district, Assam. J. Vet. Anim. Sci. 54(4):863-874. https://doi.org/10.51966/jvas.2023.54.4.863-874

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