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2024 ◽  
Vol 84 ◽  
M. Irfan ◽  
G. Jan ◽  
W. Murad ◽  
F. G. Jan ◽  
A. Rauf ◽  

Abstract Ferns are often used by indigenous people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. This study was designed to collect the ethnomedicinal and traditional knowledge of these locals about this group of vascular plants. Forty taxa belong to nineteen genera and ten families are used in the treatment of different diseases. The Pteridaceae was the most representative family with twelve taxa (30%), followed by Athyriaceae and Dryopteridaceae with six taxa each (30%), and Thelypteridaceae with five taxa (12.5%). Regarding the genera, Adiantum, Asplenium and Dryopteris ranked first with four taxa each (30%), followed by Aleuritopteris, Diplazium, Pteris and Equisetum with three taxa each (30%), followed by Athyrium, Oeosporangium, Polystichum and Pseudophegopteris with two taxa each (20%). These taxa were commonly used in the treatment of respiratory disorders i.e. asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, pneumonia; intestinal ulcer, stomach, urinary ailments and skin disorders by the methods of decoction and infusion. Traditional knowledge about ethnomedicinal plants is a valuable and essential source for the discovery of allopathic, herbal and homeopathic medicines.

Attilio Anzano ◽  
Bruna de Falco ◽  
Laura Grauso ◽  
Riccardo Motti ◽  
Virginia Lanzotti

2022 ◽  
pp. 39-46
Shahzad A. Pandith ◽  
Mohd Ishfaq Khan

Uche Maryann Chukwudulue ◽  
Alfred Francis Attah ◽  
Festus Basden Chiedu Okoye

2022 ◽  
pp. 431-453
Mohammed Rahmatullah ◽  
Khoshnur Jannat ◽  
Gerald R. Reeck ◽  
Rownak Jahan ◽  
Taufiq Rahman ◽  

Cyperus rotundus (nut grass in English) is a perennial erect sedge plant and is distributed in over 90 countries of the world, where it has been mostly classified as a highly invasive weed. Despite this classification, the plant has been considered from traditional times to be medicinally important. The traditional uses of the plant in various countries include uses against various gastrointestinal tract disorders, skin diseases, leprosy, fever, and neurological disorders. Evaluation of the plant and especially its rhizomes in a scientific manner has revealed the presence of numerous phytochemicals and wide-ranging pharmacological activities, which include anti-microbial, gastrointestinal, wound healing, anti-diabetic, anti-cancer, anti-malarial, anti-obesity, hepatoprotective, and anti-pyretic activity. The scientific validation of a number of traditional uses strongly indicates that the plant may prove useful in the discovery of a number of lead compounds and novel drugs.

2022 ◽  
pp. 1-28
Sadaf Dabeer ◽  
Mashoque Ahmad Rather ◽  
Saiema Rasool ◽  
Muneeb U. Rehman ◽  
Saeed Alshahrani ◽  

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