Plants are frequently used as traditional medicines to treat different disease & disorders. The indigenous knowledge on plants to cure diseases and disorders passes from generation to generation. Still in this modern era, modern medical facilities are unable to reach to the tribal and rural people in remote areas. In these areas, communities use plants for food and medicinal purposes against common diseases. Among the common diseases of Odisha state, diarrhea is most observed in remote areas caused by bacterial infections. In Odisha, there are about 62 identified tribal communities stay here having unique skills to uses plants against microbial infections. Among the 62 communities, Kandhas are most popular one, found in Kandhamal districts and adjoining regions of the state. Since primitive they are using plants for various purposes. Keeping the problems caused by diarrhea and unique skills of Kandha tribe, a survey was made to enumerate the plants used by this tribe against diarrhea and other stomach problems. In this book, their mode of uses and formulations practiced by Kandhas has documented. The Book will bring attention towards our rich traditional therapeutic systems and future scope for biologist & pharmacologist to formulate new drugs against microbial infections and will be helpful to minimize the anti-microbial resistance.
CEO, APRF, Odisha, India