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EMERGENT LIFE SCIENCES RESEARCH - Vol 8, Issue 1, Published on 30, June 2022

Pages: 5-21
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Northeast India: A treasury of medicinal plants

Author: Satayu Devi, Rituparna Sinha, Sibi G.

Category: Review Article


The North-eastern region of India encompasses eight states viz. Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura. It is perhaps the most extravagant store of medicinal plants in the World. It is considered that the medicinal plants are the foundation of the conventional medicine. Almost 80% of the world populaces depend on conventional medications for essential medical services, a large portion of which include the utilization of extracts of medicinal plants. This conventional practice of medication assumes a significant part in the medical care of rural people for a wide range of diseases. They practice their own traditional healthcare system as they have an in-depth knowledge and understanding about plants, both conventional and non-conventional for their food and for medicine. This review thus underlines the different medicinal plants found across the entire north-eastern region and their respective potential uses or medicinal plant utilization for the significant well-being of mankind.

Keywords: Northeast India, medicinal plants, pharmacology