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Asian Journal of Plant Sciences

Year: 2004  |  Volume: 3  |  Issue: 3  |  Page No.: 335 - 339

Ethnomedicinal Studies of Kala Chitta Hills of District Attock, Pakistan

Tariq Mahmood, Mir Ajab Khan, Jamil Ahmad and Mushtaq Ahmad


The present study was carried out to assess, record and report the ethnobotanical potential of the Kala Chitta Hills (salt range) of District Attock. Results of the present investigation were based on medicinally important 40 species (21 families). These plant species has other benefits too along with their major utilities like apiculture, sericulture, food and fruits. The Kala Chitta Hills of the Salt Range are very unique. Due to increase in population masses, demands of people increases, causing great pressure on the products of the area. This continuous pressure for last few decades has disastrously damaged the natural characteristic ecosystem of the area. The region is very rich in having medicinal plants. To understand the indigenous knowledge of the local people through ethnomedicinal study is very important for creating awareness among them regarding sustainable natural resource management. About 100 informants including local people, hakims and medicinal businessmen were interviewed for collection of ethnomedicinal data through the questionnaire. Results were compiled, issues were discussed, conclusion was made and recommendations are suggested for the future.

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