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A Description of Ethno medicinal plant among the Koch tribe in North Bengal, West Bengal

Author: RAHAMAT SHAIKH
Abstract: This paper is an attempt to study on a description of ethno medicinal plant among the Koch tribe in North Bengal, one of the undocumented languages of West Bengal. Koch is a Sino-Tibeto-Burman language which is spoken by the people of Koch in Northern part of West Bengal. UNESCO has classified Koch (ISO 639-3) as a severely endangered language. As per the 2011 census of India put the number of speakers at 36434. Koch, an indigenous community of northern part of West Bengal, was a major community (population wise) who particularly resided in the districts of Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri, Dinajpur, the plain areas of Darjeeling district and the Cooch Behar. An ethnobotany is a traditional health practice that herbal medicines are utilized by the tribal people in different parts of the world. They are collection the herbs from their surroundings such as home gardens and nearby forests etc. This kind of traditional indigenous knowledge they received from their ancestors and that pass from the generation to generation in their communities. This traditional health practice has a great popularity particularly among the poor people. Especially those are residing the rural areas due to it is low cost, safe and effective properties that helps them curing their primary health problems. They face the very difficult to buy the modern medicine due to their economic problem and lack of their communication to urban areas. This is why it is served as most faithful and effective medicine among those people. The present investigation provides preliminary evaluation of lots of plants of ethnobotanical importance belonging to 50 villages of North Bengal. It also gives a brief introduction of Koch.
Keyword: Ethnobotanical, Herbal, Koch, Indigenous, Description
DOI: https://doi.org/10.31838/ijpr/2020.12.03.148
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