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Indigenous Traditional Food for Energy and Vitality: An Observation Made in the Tribes of Patalkot, Chhindwara District


Sanjay Pawar and Deepak Acharya

Department of Botany, Danielson College

Chhindwara - 480001, M.P.


Abstract: Patalkot, a deep valley surrounded by hills all around, is situated in the heart of Satpura hills of Madhya Pradesh. Gond and Bharia tribes constitute the main population here. There are 23 villages at the distance of 2-3 km each. There are several pathways to reach these villages. These tribals can move around the hills so easily that one can not even imagine. They have to travel a lot on foot for doing HAAT (Market). They have to come across the hills to reach from one village to other but they never look tired. Instead of this, they look even more fresh and healthy if compared to typical urban people. This may be because of incredible courage and physical strength among them.


The tribes mainly depend upon the yields that they grow in their fields or at the hill slopes. The yields chiefly comprises; Maize (Zea mays), Jowar (Sorgham vulgare), Udad (Phaseolus mungo), Millets (Picorrhiza kurrova), Beans, Wheat etc. They are also dependent upon forest resources for their good health and energy. These include; Bauhinia variegata, Gloriossa superba, Cocculus hirsutus, Aegle marmelos, Emblica officinalis, Ficus glomerata, etc.


The present paper deals with the reason behind their marvelous power and vitality. It also comprises a listing of plants and their parts used in various disorders related to health.



Needs of Implementation of Indigenous Knowledge in Plantation of Avenue Trees: A Reports Based on a Survey


Deepak Acharya and M David

Department of Botany, Danielson College

Chhindwara - 480001, M.P.


Abstract:  Earlier during British period, the plants of various utilities had been planted near roadsides with a view that a person during his traveling may get benefited in various ways by these plant. They used to select plants based on their different utilities such as, food, minor economic uses and minor forest produces as well as for shade purposes. It was also the aim of those people for selecting the plants that the plant products might be available in different seasons of the year. Themselves developed this idea on the basis of their indigenous knowledge.


People even today appreciate such type of plantation but now a days, Government agencies or other organizations are not keeping this view in their mind. The are pressurized for plantation but not for a selective one. They are more interested to plant those saplings which grow faster so that they may show the results within a couple of years without taking the consideration whether plants are really useful or not.


In the present paper, we report as many as 1724 individual plants belonging to 24 families growing near roadsides of Chhindwara town. Their status viz., Healthy, Diseased, misused or dying has been studied. Medicinal importance of few plants is also described. 



Documentation of Traditional Knowledge

of Ethnomedicinal Plants of Indigenous People of Chimtipur (Patalkot Valley), Chhindwara District


Deepak Acharya and Sanjay Pawar

Department of Botany, Danielson College

Chhindwara - 480001, M.P.


Abstract: Gond and Bharia tribes of Chimtipur have been utilizing medicinal plants since time immemorial in their indigenous medicinal practices. Change in climatic situations, human interference and biotic pressure has seriously threaten the existence of these valuable medicinal plants.


More over, the typical tribal culture has been changing due to various development  programmes and intrusion of the out-siders. The people are losing their culture as well as their ancient system of medicines. The present paper deals with the need of documentation and collection of information of the plants used by these tribes to cure various disorders.


This paper also focuses on the need of conservation of biodiversity of this region as well as the culture of these indigenous people.