Diversity of ethnomedicinal plants in Churdhar Wildlife Sanctuary of district Sirmour of Himachal Pradesh, India
Radha, Sunil Puri, Kamna Chandel, Ashok Pundir, Mohindra Singh Thakur, Bhawna Chauhan, Kajal Simer, Nidhi Dhiman, Shivani, Yaswant Singh Thakur, Sanjeev Kumar.
Himachal Pradesh has a great altitudinal range (300-7,000m asl), with varied species, habitats, communities, populations and ecosystems. There are more than 3,400 different species of plants are reported to be found in Himachal Pradesh. More than 1,000 plant species have been known as aromatic and medicinal for the states occurring in temperate forests, Shiwalik ranges, alpine and sub-alpine pastures. Majority of the inhabitants in Himachal Pradesh belong to different communities and cultures, with specific traditional knowledge. In the remote areas, especially high altitude region of the state is devoid of modern medical facilities and therefore tribal and rural society mainly depend on native medicinal plants. Herein we compiled 41 medicinal plant species belonging to same or different families used by migratory shepherds in Churdhar Wildlife Sanctuary of district Sirmour in Himachal Pradesh. This survey will help the medicos, forest, pharmaceutical firm and wild life manager in their efforts for improving the public health service and conservation of wild medicinal plant wealth of the study area.
Key words: Keywords: Churdhar, Himachal Pradesh, Medicinal Plants, Sanctuary, Shepherds.